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Take notes~Dave Brubeck has died

Stars align: Kennedy Center honorees, from left, jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, actor Robert De Niro, opera singer Grace Bumbry, comic genius Mel Brooks and musician Bruce Springsteen stand at the Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. The awards  recognize those  who have defined American culture through the arts as a living memorial to John F. Kennedy.     (Associated Press)
Stars align: Kennedy Center honorees, from left, jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, actor Robert De Niro, opera singer Grace Bumbry, comic genius Mel Brooks and musician Bruce Springsteen stand at the Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. The awards recognize those who have defined American culture through the arts as a living memorial to John F. Kennedy. (Associated Press)

A composer, pianist and jazz legend has died. Dave Brubeck died of heart failure and would have celebrated his 92nd birthday Thursday.

He left us a remarkable legacy –  all that jazz.

He played for leaders – President Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev - and was honored by the University of Notre Dame. He composed music for operas, ballets and even a contemporary Mass.

He shared music with four of his five sons: “We never had a rift,”Chris Brubeck once said of living and playing with his father. “I think music has always been a good communication tool, so we didn’t have a rift. We’ve always had music in common.”

S-R photo 2009:

Stars align: Kennedy Center honorees, from left, jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, actor Robert De Niro, opera singer Grace Bumbry, comic genius Mel Brooks and musician Bruce Springsteen stand at the Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, D.C. The awards recognize those who have defined American culture through the arts as a living memorial to John F. Kennedy.  



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