Yale Bulletin and Calendar

November 22-December 6, 1999Volume 28, Number 14

Dave Brubeck

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck
and his quartet to perform

When jazz legend Dave Brubeck was scheduled to play on the New Haven Green this summer, the concert was rained out.

The next time the pianist-composer swings by the Elm City, however, his fans won't have to mount a weather-watch, as the concert venue is indoors.

Brubeck and his quartet will come to Yale for one performance only on Saturday, Dec. 4, as part of the Duke Ellington Fellows Program at the School of Music. The concert will be at 8 p.m. in Morse Recital Hall of Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College St.

The innovative musician is perhaps best known for his work in the 1950s with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, featuring Paul Desmond on alto saxophone. That group's distinctive harmonies caused a stir in the jazz world, launching what later became known as "West Coast" or "cool" jazz.

Brubeck later pioneered the presentation of two indigenous American art forms -- jazz and modern dance -- in a unique collaboration with the Murray Louis Dance Company. Earlier in his career, he composed "Points on Jazz" for the American Ballet Theatre.

An early experimenter in combining jazz with symphony orchestras, Brubeck continues to appear as composer-performer in concerts of his choral and symphonic compositions. He celebrated his 75th birthday with the London Symphony Orchestra performing an all-Brubeck program that featured him along with four of his sons as soloists.

World tours, including several for the U.S. Department of State, have made the jazz musician one of America's foremost goodwill ambassadors. He entertained world leaders at the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit in Moscow in 1988, and has performed before eight U.S. presidents, as well as princes, kings, heads of state and Pope John Paul II.

Along the way, Brubeck has acquired many honors -- including Yale's Duke Ellington Medal. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was cited by the French government for his contribution to the arts and was inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame. The National Endowment for the Arts presented a National Medal of the Arts to Brubeck in 1994 and honored him again in 1999 with a Jazz Master's Award. He has received
a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
for his musical achievements over the
past half-century, as both a pianist and composer.

At the Yale concert, Brubeck will appear with bassist Alex Dankworth, drummer Randy Jones and alto saxophonist and flutist Bobby Militello. Tickets for the performance are $25, $21 and $16 ($8 for students). For further information, call (203) 432-4157, or visit the School of Music's web site at www.yale.edu/
schmus. For telephone credit card orders, call (203) 432-4158.


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