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Take notes~Dave Brubeck has died

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.  

Bing books a funky Duke — George, that is

George Duke, the funky keyboard master associated with Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson and Miles Davis, has been booked into the Bing Crosby Theater for a show on Aug. 11.

Duke toured with the Mothers of Invention in the 1960s, played on Jackson's "Off the Wall" album, and produced Miles Davis' "Tutu" album.

Duke will be accompanied by a couple of other big names: David Sanborn and Marcus Miller.

Tickets are $41.50, on sale Thursday here.

A tribute to Arnie Carruthers

One of our true regional jazz giants – pianist Arnie Carruthers – will get the recognition he deserves later this month at the Spokane Falls Community College Jazz Festival.

The festival will be a tribute to Carruthers, who was an institution at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, the Olympic Hotel in Seattle and the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles for many years. Then, when a stroke robbed him of the use of his left hand in 1974, he turned himself into a one-handed piano institution.

The Spokane Jazz Orchestra and SFCC Jazz Festival All-Stars will perform.

The festival will be March 19, 7 p.m. at the SFCC Music/Performing Arts Building No. 15, 3410 Ft. George Wright Drive. Tickets are $15, general admission, $10 for SFCC students and staff, available hrough TicketsWest.