Concord Remembers Native Dave Brubeck

Updated: Mayor Dan Helix recalls Brubeck's performance at the Concord Boulevard Park. The jazz pianist was born in Concord on Dec. 6, 1920 and was one of the most influential jazz performers of the 1950s and '60s.

Jazz pianist and Concord native Dave Brubeck has died at the age of 91, a day before his 92nd birthday.

Brubeck was born in Concord on on Dec. 6, 1920 and went on to become a popular jazz musician with pieces such as "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". “Take Five”, a composition from his best-selling album "Time Out," became a jazz standard and the bestselling jazz song of all time.

Concord Mayor Dan Helix knew Brubeck and has fond memories of the musician visiting the city.

"I remember when Dave first performed with his group at the Concord Blvd. Park," said Helix in an email to Concord Patch. "It was awesome and he spoke about attending Mt. Diablo High School. He remembered the names of his teachers."

When Brubeck performed his iconic 'Take Five', the entire audience gave him a standing ovation, Helix remembers, adding that Brubeck also performed at the Concord Pavilion, always to a capacity crowd.

"He will be with us forever because his music will never die," said Helix.

As a dedication to the jazz pioneer and his local roots, the City of Concord re-named the park on Concord Boulevard "Dave Brubeck Memorial Park".

Brubeck died died of heart failure Wednesday morning while he was en route to "a regular treatment with his cardiologist,” at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., according to his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd and as reported by the Chicago Times.

Share your condolences and memories of Concord native Dave Brubeck in the comments.

Pearl Russo December 07, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Dave Brubeck is our history. As a young couple we loved his music and as he grew older so did we still loving his compositions. We thought he would live forever and so he will as we play and listen to his recordings. He and Paul Desmond must be having a great reunion--we salute them both!
lloyd crenna December 09, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Dave Brubeck was not just a jazz giant but also a gentle man and family man, married 70 years to his college sweetheart. He was the pre-emminent member of the Honorary Board of the Concord Historical Society. Dave loved to talk about his growing up in Concord .While spending his early years in Concord, Dave split his time between taking music lessons from his mother, the town classical piano teacher, and working on his dad's cattle ranch which is now Oakhurst Country Club and the Pavilion.It is lucky for all of us that he decided to make music his life's work. The Society Resource Center has a collection of Brubeck family history and photos, and his archives are housed at the Brubeck Institute at UOP, Stockton. The Resource Center is open on Wednesdays from 1-4 at 1600 Sutter Strret, Ste E,Concord.
Linda Meneken December 12, 2012 at 03:55 PM
We as a city should honor this great musician with a memorial concert perhaps showcasing our city's middle/high school jazz bands participating?


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