Brubeck Family Statement:
Our much loved and revered father, Dave Brubeck died of
cardiac arrest today, December 5, 2012, one day before his 92nd
birthday. He died peacefully with family present. The news spread
before we even left Norwalk Hospital and our family is deeply
appreciative of the phone calls, messages of condolence and
continuing tributes in the media and those received personally,
certainly a reflection back to us of Dave's powerful and positive
impact on the world. He specialized in long relationships; married
to our mother for 70 years, had few changes of personnel in his
outstanding quartets or in professional management and many of his
fans became personal friends he knew for decades. We thank you all
for your appreciation of him and the respect you have shown our
-Darius, Chris, Dan, Catherine and Matthew Brubeck
Listen to a 1999 episode of Fresh Air featuring an interview with Dave Brubeck.
Listen to NPR's remembrance of Dave Brubeck from Wednesday's All Things Considered.
"Dave was one of those rare beings who was able to meld high art with purpose and citizenship. He was able to go cross genre with a lot of his work melding jazz and classical genres, dance genres. And then he was also a champion of civil rights and cultural diplomacy."
Brubeck was born in Concord, grew up in Ione and attended college in Stockton at UOP.
He was the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine in 1954.
NPR Two-Way Blog: Legendary Jazz Musician Dave Brubeck Dies
NPR Music: A Blog Supreme: Dave Brubeck, Beyond 'Take Five'
The Capital Public Radio JazzStream is replaying a Dave Brubeck playlist from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.