Tag Archives: Dave Brubeck

Jazz as Art, Jazz as Cool

The Video/Audio below is an excerpt from the 11th show of my radio series Voices and Freedoms: A History of Jazz, based on my 1976 book of the same name.  This show focuses on the transition from Bop to Cool … Continue reading

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“Nativity”: Piano and Jazz at Christmas

Decades ago, when I was around 17-18-19, I had, briefly, a jazz trio.  And our church youth group wrote and performed a Christmas play.  And the two came together when I wrote a theme for that play, called it “Nativity,” … Continue reading

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Un-Blue Jazz: Remembering Dave Brubeck

For me the two coolest instrumentals to ever make the pop charts are “Take Five” by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and “Green Onions” by Booker T and the MG’s. They’ve always been a pair for me, bookends, so I’ve thought … Continue reading

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