Dave Brubeck is a highly regarded American pianist and composer. Although he is known for his cosmopolitan style of jazz, Brubeck’s upbringing in a rural part of California provided little exposure to jazz. He came into the world on 6 December 1920 in Concord, California, then a farming community that seemed a world apart from nearby San Francisco. Because of his mother’s occupation as a piano teacher, music became a big part of Brubeck’s life at an early age. During his teenage years, he had weekend gigs playing piano with a band. Despite his apparent interest in music, Brubeck wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, Dave worked as a cowhand with his father, a rancher. Being forced to get an education by his parents, he had decided to study the veterinary sciences upon his enrollment at the College (now University) of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
His veterinary studies did not last long. A professor of the College saw that Brubeck’s mind was preoccupied with music. This professor urged him to transfer to the College’s music conservatory, which Brubeck did without hesitation. During his college years, jazz began to dominate Brubeck’s thinking. Gigs were played in the Stockton area. He excelled in his studies, until he hit an obstacle.
Brubeck has been plagued with vision problems throughout his life. In his early years, he could not decipher musical notes as a result of his poor-eyesight. His ability to play by ear allowed him to avoid facing this problem, until a piano professor discovered Brubeck’s inability to read music. The College allowed him to graduate only on condition that he agreed never, ever to teach in the discipline. Brubeck insisted that he only wanted to play jazz.
After his graduation in 1942, Dave Brubeck enlisted in the United States Army. For two years, he was assigned to play piano for a military band in Southern California. In 1944, with little training in battle tactics, the Army made Brubeck a rifleman for General George Patton’s Third Army and shipped him overseas to France. His talent for piano playing was noticed. He was placed in a regimental jazz band and played for the troops in the front lines during World War II. The band, called the Wolf Pack, became popular with the troops and military officials. They had the honor of performing with the Rockettes in Germany. Although he had a great experience as the band’s leader, Brubeck came to the realization that he needed to study more music.
In 1946, with the assistance of the GI Bill, Brubeck entered Mills College graduate program in music. Brubeck studied under Darius Milhaud, an avant-guard Jewish classical composer who had fled France before German occupation. Milhaud encouraged Brubeck to stick with jazz, to improvise, and to experiment with polytonality and polyrhythm. Most importantly, Milhaud influenced Brubeck to be open minded to other cultures. One must experience their offerings, according to Milhaud, and incorporate them into music. Milhaud’s effect on Brubeck not only set the stage for his jazz career, but it also instilled a high regard for humanity that Brubeck practiced throughout his life.
The Dave Brubeck Octet, a formation composed of mostly Mills students, experimented with the sounds of jazz. During this time, Brubeck performed with other bands in the San Francisco area as a means to support his wife and children. In 1949, the Dave Brubeck Trio came into the scene with Cal Tjader on drums and Ron Crotty on bass. With the Trio, Brubeck gained more notoriety, which led to recording with Fantasy records. People regarded Brubeck’s superimposed music in 6/4 meter as an innovation, since jazz standards were in 4/4 meter. Others criticized this innovation as being more classical than jazzy, and lacking the swing essential to jazz. This criticism, along with his heavy-handed touch, has followed Brubeck throughout his career. Such criticism, however, never hurt his popularity with the public.
Unfortunately, another setback in Brubeck’s career occurred in 1951. While in Hawaii, Dave Brubeck crushed his vertebrae in a swimming accident. Because this injury took Brubeck out of commission for a few months, Tjader and Crotty, with the encouragement of Fantasy records, decided to drop him. Dave Brubeck did not give up. During his recovery in Hawaii, Brubeck contacted alto saxophonist Paul Desmond to form a Quartet. Desmond and Brubeck had played on and off during the 40’s and early 50’s. Bad blood between the two did occur when Desmond dropped Brubeck from his band, but Brubeck later forgave Desmond. Both men enjoyed playing together. Knowing he would be playing the piano in pain, Brubeck believed Desmond would take a good amount of solo time away. More time given to Desmond would allow Brubeck to continue his recovery and play with more ease.
The Quartet initially played in San Francisco, then branched out nationally as their popularity increased. Unlike other jazz bands of their time, the Dave Brubeck Quartet performed at college campuses. A few albums were recorded by the Quartet at college campuses in the 50’s, including Jazz at Oberlin and Jazz at the College of the Pacific. Branching out to venues other than jazz clubs resulted in reaching a wider audience. National publications took notice and ran articles about the Quartet. In 1952, Time magazine introduced its readers to the Quartet, describing their jazz as a stream-of-consciousness, Bach-like sound. A few years later in 1954, Time put Brubeck on the cover. The same year, Brubeck signed with Columbia Records.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet enjoyed the remainder of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The Quartet’s first album with Columbia, Brubeck Time, sold over 100,000 copies, ten times more than the typical sales of a jazz album. Bassist Eugene Wright and drummer Joe Morello joined Brubeck and Desmond in 1957 and 1958 respectively, forming what is known as the classic Quartet. The Quartet’s Time Out, the first jazz album to sell a million copies, came out in 1959. The album’s big hit “Take Five,” played in 5/4 meter, was actually composed by Paul Desmond with drummer Joe Morello (most literature gives Desmond complete credit). Brubeck composed the second most popular tune of Time Out, “Blue Rondo a la Turk.” Turkish rhythms and Mozart’s “Rondo a la Turk” influenced the creation of this piece, composed in 9/8 meter with a switch to 4/4 meter in the middle. The Quartet had hit the big time.
From the late 50’s and into the 60’s, the Dave Brubeck Quartet became involved in special projects atypical to jazz. In 1960, the Quartet performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. The combo played compositions written by Howard Brubeck, Dave Brubeck’s brother, titled Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra. In 1961, Brubeck composed The Real Ambassadors, a musical commentary on racism. His wife Iola wrote the lyrics. The Quartet had very little involvement in this musical. Instead, the piece consisted of performances by Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars, Carmen McRae, and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. Brubeck and the Quartet did continue to record and tour extensively until 1967. Dave Brubeck had decided, at that time, to focus on musical composition.
Brubeck’s compositions combine orchestras with jazz. Many are religious. Others concern a regard for humanity with the theme “Love thy neighbor” being prevalent. In 1968, Brubeck performed his first Biblical oratorio The Light in the Wilderness with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Most critics praised this work. In 1980, Brubeck composed a mass entitled To Hope: A Celebration. Having been brought up Protestant, Brubeck became a Roman Catholic later in life. Yet his open mindedness has led him to other compositions involving different religions, such as Judaism in Gates of Justice.
Jazz compositions, recordings, and performances did not take a back seat during Brubeck’s drive towards other ventures. In 1968, and throughout the 1970’s, Brubeck and his new Trio performed with baritone saxophonists Gerry Mulligan. Brubeck would occasionally team up with Desmond in the 1970’s. The classic Quartet had a reunion tour in 1976, with Desmond making his last performances before his death in 1977. Brubeck’s sons Darius, Matthew, and Chris have joined the Quartet at various times and all have their own careers in music. In 1987, the Quartet performed at the Moscow Summit. Some credit his performance in making a difference in the outcome. Russians and Americans in attendance realized that they had a common interest; music.
In the latter decades of his life, numerous accolades highlighted Dave Brubeck’s accomplishments. In 1994, The Down Beat Hall of Fame inducted Brubeck as a member. He received the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton in 1995. In 1996, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences. The University of the Pacific corrected its past mistake by awarding Brubeck with an honorary doctorate. Brubeck in turn decided to leave his business and personal papers to the University and created the Dave Brubeck Institute as part of the UOP’s music department. In 2009, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts selected Dave Brubeck as one of the Kennedy Center Honors recipients.
Dave Brubeck passed away 5 December 2012 in Norwalk, Connecticut, one day before his 92nd birthday.
Hall, Fred M. It’s About Time: The Dave Brubeck Story. Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 1996.
Koransky, Jason. “Brubeck Offers Insight to Students.” Down Beat. 70(3) (March 2003): 90.
Mach, Elyse. “With Dave Brubeck the Music Never Stops.” The Instrumentalist. 55(12) (July 2001): 30-36.
Arranged in chronological order. Dates listed are length of recording session
Jazz Goes to College. Campus Concert Recordings by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Dave Brubeck Quartet. Mar. 1954. Columbia.
One of many college concerts given by the Quartet.
Brubeck, Dave; Desmond, Paul; Morello, Joe. Time Out. Dave Brubeck Quartet. 25 June 1959 – 18 August 1959. Columbia.
Regarded as a classic jazz album. Huge jazz hit.
Brubeck, Howard; Bernstein, Leonard. Bernstein Plays Brubeck Plays Bernstein. Dave Brubeck Quartet and New York Philharmonic Orchestra. 30 January 1960 – 14 February 1960. Columbia.
Dave Brubeck Quartet performs with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Howard Brubeck’s “Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra” and a few Bernstein songs, most from West Side Story are on this album.
Brubeck, Dave; Brubeck, Iola. The Real Ambassadors [an original music production]. Dave Brubeck, Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars, Carmen McRae, and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. Sept.-Dec. 1961. Columbia.
Musical written by Brubeck with his wife Iola using racism as the theme. Includes performances by Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars, Carmen McRae, and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.
Time Further Out. A Jazz Interpretation of the Joan Miró Painting, 1925. Dave Brubeck Quartet. 3 May 1961. Columbia.
Regarded as the sequel to “Time Out.”
The Last Time We Saw Paris. Dave Brubeck Quartet. 13 November 1967. Columbia.
Tracks taken from the Classic Quartet’s final tour in 1967.
Brubeck, Dave. The Light in the Wilderness [an oration for today]. Dave Brubeck, Erich Kunzel, William Justus, Gerre Hancock, Miami University A Cappella Singers, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
19 March 1968 – 20 March 1968. Decca.
Brubeck’s first religious concert composition.
Brubeck & Desmond 1975, the Duets. Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond. 10 June 1975 – 16 September 1975. A&M.
Reunion between Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond.
Moscow Nights. Dave Brubeck Quartet. March 1987. Concord Jazz.
First performance in the Soviet Union. Enthusiastic crowd credited with giving musicians inspiration to provide a great concert.
Brubeck, Dave. To Hope. A Celebration. Daisy Newman, soprano; Tim Noble, William McGraw, baritones; The Cincinnati May Festival Chorus; Mt. Washington (Ohio) Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir; The Dave Brubeck Quartet; Erich Kunzel, conductor. 1980. Pastoral Arts Associates of North America .
Brubeck, Dave. The Light in the Wilderness; an Oratorio.
Delaware Water Gap, Pa.: Shawnee Press, Inc., 1968.
Brubeck, Dave. To Hope!: A Celebration: A Mass in the Revised Roman Ritual. Miami, FL: St. Francis Music; Warner Bros., 1995.
Brubeck, Dave; Brubeck, Howard. Dave Brubeck: The Genius Continues: Piano Solos. Miami: CCP/Belwin, 1986.
Brubeck, Dave; Brubeck, Howard. The Genius of Dave Brubeck : Piano Solos. Hialeah, FL: Columbia Pictures Publications, 1984.
Brubeck, Dave; Brubeck, Howard. Themes from Eurasia. Delaware Water Gap, PA: Shawnee Press, 1960.
Brubeck, Dave; Brubeck, Iola. The Gates of Justice :
A Cantata for Tenor and Baritone Soloists, Mixed Chorus, and Organ, (Supplementary String Bass and Percussion, Optional), or Brass and Percussion Ensemble (4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Rams Horn, and Percussion--3 or 4 Players) with Optional Keyboard Improvisation.
Delaware Water Gap, Penn.: St. Francis Music Co., 1970.
Brubeck, Dave; Brubeck, Iola; Brubeck, Howard. The Real Ambassadors. An original musical production. San Francisco: Derry Music Co., 1963.
Book by Iola Brubeck. Lyrics by Dave and Iola Brubeck. Music by Dave Brubeck. Piano-vocal score edited by Howard Brubeck.
Brubeck, Dave; Hughes, Langston. Dusk. Miami: Lawson-Gould, 1998.
Brubeck, Dave; Roed, Tom: At the Piano with Dave Brubeck : Intermediate Solos. Miami: CPP/Belwin , 1993.
Brubeck, Dave; Walloupe, Al; Roed, Tom; Brubeck, Iola. Dave’s Diary: A Collection of Dave Brubeck Piano Solos. Miami: Warner Bros., 1995.
Dave Brubeck Collection. University of the Pacific. Stockton, CA.
Contains business and personal papers, posters, photographs, manuscript and printed scores, audio recordings and interviews, video and film. An online finding aid is available.
Dave Brubeck [Interview]. Major Figures in American Music, part of the Oral History, American Music collection. Yale University. New Haven, CT.
Ralph J. Gleason’s Jazz Casual - Dave Brubeck. 23 min. Rhino Home Video. 1999, 1961. DVD. VHS.
17 October 1961 performance of the Dave Brubeck Quartet on Ralph Gleason’s Jazz Casual, a half-hour TV show featuring jazz artists.
Brubeck Returns to Moscow. 2 hrs. Produced by Daniel Wilson. Lance Entertainment. 2002. DVD. VHS.
Dave Brubeck Quartet concert with the Russian National Orchestra. Performs jazz and Brubeck’s “Mass To Hope! A Celebration.”
Search YouTube for Dave Brubeck performances.
Brubeck, Dave. Dave Brubeck on Fats Waller and Erroll Garner. Down Beat 68(2) (Feb 2001):32.
A brief opinion about Waller and Garner.
Brubeck, Dave. Classic Jazz Revival. Down Beat 66(7) (July 1999): 66.
Reprint of 10 February 1950 article Brubeck wrote on development of jazz.
Brubeck, Dave. Jazz’s Evolvement as an Art Form, Revisited. Down Beat 68(2) (Feb 2001):32.
Brubeck reviews his 1949 article in Down Beat on this topic. States changes he would like to make to that article and the changes jazz has encountered since the article.
Blumenthal, Bob. Sustain (Oscar Peterson and Dave Brubeck)(Interview). Down Beat 64(5) (May 1997): 18(7 pages).
Interview with Brubeck and Oscar Peterson, both jazz pianists leading popular quartets in the 50’s and 60’s.
Clark, Philip. Beyond ‘Take Five. Choir & Organ 13(6) (Nov/Dec 2005): 25-27.
This article provides a very brief overview of Brubeck’s choral compositions. Included in the article are comments by Brubeck regarding his compositions.
July 10, 2009 ~ Dave Brubeck | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly [interview]
This page contains a video and a transcript of Bob Faw’s interview with Brubeck. The interview focuses on Brubeck’s religious music.
Dave Brubeck on Music Education and Composing. Teaching Music
8, part 4 (2001): 48-53.
Interview covers his career, his recent work with music students, and his view of music as a means to world peace.
Lyons, Len. The Great Jazz Pianists. Speaking of Their Lives and Music. New York: Quill, 1983.
Contains an interview with Brubeck in early 1980’s. Brubeck discusses his family life, Darius Milhaud, his jazz career, and his religious compositions. Lyon’s first chapter “A Survey of the Jazz Pianists and Their Tradition” links all jazz pianists into a history of jazz. Index useful to locate other pianists’ opinions regarding Brubeck.
The Man on Cloud No. 7. Time 64(19) (8 November 1954): 69-76.
Cover story about Dave Brubeck and his influence on jazz during this period. Article and cover may be viewed in The TIME Magazine Vault, but does require a Time subscription.
Miller, Malcolm. Dave Brubeck. Jazz Journal International 45(8) (August 1992): 6-.
Interview with Brubeck regarding his career and his early 1990’s performances with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Mattingly, Terry. Brubeck’s Mass and all that Jazz. National Catholic Reporter 21 (18 Jan. 1985): 9 (2 pages).
Interview with Brubeck regarding his religious compositions.
National Public Radio. Profile: Dave Brubeck’s Jazz Composition ‘Take Five.’ Weekend Edition Sunday 19 November 2000.
Interview with Brubeck on recording “Take Five.”
Smith, Hedrick. Rediscovering Dave Brubeck. 57 min. Produced by Cliff Hackel. South Carolina Public Television. VHS. 2001.
Documentary on Dave Brubeck with interviews.
Search YouTube for videos containing Dave Brubeck interviews.
Bouchard, Fred. “Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond: Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond 1975: The Duets [review].” Down Beat 69(9) (Sept. 2002): 62 (2 pages).
Cerulli, Dom. “Classic Reviews - Dave Brubeck – Jazz Goes to Junior College.” Down Beat 61(7) (July 1994): 86.
Reprint of a 14 November 1957 review of the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Jazz Goes to Junior College.
Columbia Legacy: This Is Jazz #39. Dave Brubeck Plays Standards [review]. Piano & Keyboard no. 194 (Sept/Oct 1998): 67.
Enright, Ed. “Pianist Dave Brubeck keys double CD with authority [review].” Informationweek, no. 826 (26 Feb. 2001): 113.
Review of “Double Live From the USA & UK.”
Ephland, John. Dave Brubeck: One Alone / Dave Brubeck Quartet: Jazz Impressions Of Japan [double review]. Down Beat 68(4) (April 2001): 66.
Greenfield (first name not provided).
Guide to Records [review]. American Record Guide 60(1) (Jan/Feb 97): 85.
Review of To Hope! A Celebration.
Bittersweet and Serious Blend Without Discord. New York Times 30 June 2003, Monday, Late Edition – Final. sec. E; Page 5; col. 5.
Review of Brubeck’s performance at the Carnegie Hall JVC Jazz Festival.
Lark, Bob. Blue Rondo Ala Turk [review]. The Instrumentalist 53(5) (Dec. 1998): 62 (2 pages).
McDonough, John. (Oscar Peterson et al) The Very Tall Band Live at the Blue Note / (Dave Brubeck Quartet) The 40th Anniversary Tour of the U.K. [review]. Down Beat 66(9) (Sept. 1999): 68 (3 pages).
McDonough, John. Park Avenue South. Down Beat 70(6) (Jun 2003):
Review of Dave Brubeck Quartet’s “Park Avenue South.”
Nelson, Jim. Brandenburg Gate: Revisited / Brubeck Plays Brubeck / Bravo! Brubeck! / Brubeck & Rushing [reviews of 4 Brubeck recordings]. GQ: Gentlemen’s Quarterly 69(1) (January 1999): 36.
Novak, Ralph. The Crossing [review]. People Weekly 56(21) (19 November 2001): 50.
Ratliff, Ben. For Brubeckians, Classical Brubeck [Review]. New York Times 23 June 1999, E.5.
Review of the Dave Brubeck Quartet performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall 20 June 1999, part of the JVC Jazz Festival.
Rideout, Ernie. Dave Brubeck: One Alone [review]. Keyboard 26(11) (Nov. 2000): 12.
A New Look at an Old View of Music’s Polytonal Future. New York Times 24 March 2004, E2.
Review of Brubeck’s performance at Avery Fisher Hall. For this concert, Brubeck resurrects pieces from his 1946 octet.
Smith, Will. The Crossing [review]. Down Beat 69(2) (Feb. 2002): 54.
Smith, Ken. Reviews: CDs. Strad 108(1292) (Dec. 1997): 1392.
Review of Brubeck’s composition Chromatic Fantasy as performed by the Brodsky Quartet.
Smith, Will. Dave Brubeck Quartet: So What’s New? [review]. Down Beat 65(8): 86.
Walls, Richard C. Dave Brubeck Quartet at Carnegie Hall / Double Live: From the U.S.A & U.K. [double review]. Sound & Vision 66(4) (May 2001): 124.
All Music Guide to Jazz: The Expert’s Guide to the Best Jazz Recordings. 3rd Edition. Edited by Michael Erlewine. San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books, 1998.
Good source to view for its discography. Entry on Dave Brubeck contains a brief biography by Scott Yanow, followed by 6 pages of annotated discography. Discography arranged in chronological order from earliest to latest recordings. Annotations describe contents and significance of each recording. This discography contains more titles than the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD.
Anonymous. Contemporary Composition Is Alive and Singing. Teaching Music 7(5) (April 2000): 20.
Article on Brubeck sharing his compositions with the Soddy-Daisy High School of Chattanooga TN.
Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; and Priestly, Brian. Jazz: The Rough Guide. 2nd Edition. London: Rough Guides; New York: Penguin Books, 2000.
Brief one column entry on Brubeck. Also contains annotations for Jazz at Oberlin and Take Five.
Cook, Richard & Morton, Brian. The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. 5th Edition. London: Penguin Books; New York: Penguin Putnam, 2000.
Biographical information provided is brief and also contains an error on Brubeck’s birthplace. Despite this flaw, this sour is the discography of Brubeck’s works on CD. Discography lists jazz works available on CD. Not all recordings are annotated but those annotated are about five paragraphs in length containing contents and significance of CD. See also All Music Guide to Jazz for a more complete discography.
Crist, Stephen A. The Role and Meaning of the Bach Chorale in the Music of Dave Brubeck. Bach Perspectives 5 (2003): 179-215.
Dave Becomes David. Time 91(4) (26 January 1968): 52-53.
Story about Brubeck’s focus shifting from jazz to composing The Light in the Wilderness. Article may be viewed in The TIME Magazine Vault, but does require a Time subscription.
Feather, Leonard G & Gitler, Ira . The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Brief, compact entry on Dave Brubeck’s career. Also contains entries for Chris, Danny, Darius, and Matthew Brubeck, all of whom are Dave Brubeck’s sons. This resource also contains an entry for Howard Brubeck, older brother of Dave Brubeck.
Garcia, Antonio J. Dave Brubeck: His music keeps us here. Jazz Education Journal 34(3) (Nov 2001): 38-45.
Gioia, Ted. West Coast Jazz: Modern Jazz in California 1945-1960. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Coverage of the “West Coast Jazz” fad, with significance coverage and analysis of Dave Brubeck’s jazz career.
Hall, Fred M. It’s About Time: The Dave Brubeck Story. Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 1996.
Biography on Brubeck’s career and personal life. Based on interviews author had with Brubeck, Brubeck’s family, and Brubeck’s associates. Select discography at end, along with a general index and an index of “Works Mentioned” in text. Good source for in-depth biographical information.
Koransky, Jason. Brubeck Offers Insight to Students. Down Beat. 70(3) (March 2003): 90.
Article about the first students of The Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific. Article focuses on Brubeck’s advice of translating life experiences into their music.
Jazz: Episode eight--Risk. Produced by Ken Burns. [Washington DC]: PBS Home Video(DVD), 2000.
Coverage of jazz 1945-1955 with focus on diverse styles of cool and hot, East and West, and traditional and modern. Coverage includes Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Take Five.
Jazz: Episode seven--Dedicated to chaos. Produced by Ken Burns. [Washington DC]: PBS Home Video(DVD), 2000.
Focuses on World War II and development of bebop style. Included is Brubeck’s concerts given overseas during the War.
Lord, Tom. The Jazz Discography. West Vancouver, B.C., Canada: Lord Music Reference ; Redwood, N.Y., U.S.A. : Cadence Jazz Books, 1992.
Brubeck entry contains 17 pages of discography arranged in chronological order of recording from 1948 to 1991. Lists album title (if any), musicians in recording session, place of recording, date of recording, recording label, and tracks recording. Not annotated.
Mach, Elyse. With Dave Brubeck the Music Never Stops. The Instrumentalist 55(12) (July 2001): 30-36.
An interview with Dave Brubeck covering his career, focusing on his study of Bach and Brubeck’s vision problems.
The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 2nd Edition. Edited by Barry Kernfeld. New York: Grove’s Dictionaries Inc., 2001.
Contains a brief 2 page entry written by Richard Wang on Dave Brubeck, focusing more on the Dave Brubeck Quartet and Brubeck’s jazz career. Also contains Selected Recordings, Selected Films and Videos, Transcriptions, and Bibliography.
Ponick, F.S. Dave Brubeck on Music Education and Composing.
Teaching Music 8(4) (Feb 2001): 48-52.
Interview with Brubeck regarding his career and his work with music students.
Price, Robert. Profiles: The Cleanup Man.
The New Yorker (3 June 1961): 41-89.
An article about the Dave Brubeck Quartet done New Yorker style. Due to all the advertisements in this issue, this article is actually twenty five pages.
Dave Brubeck: A jazz icon who reached a massive audience.
The Chicago Tribune (5 December 2012).
A well-written article published after Brubeck's death.
Salmon, John. A Bold New Stride. Piano & Keyboard no. 201 (Nov/Dec 1999): 48.
Analysis of jazz pianist styles, including Brubeck. Sidebar contains “Tatum was Tops” by Brubeck.
Salmon, John. The Classical Side of Dave Brubeck. American Music Teacher 50(4) (Feb-March 2001): 23(6).
Article focuses on Brubeck’s classical compositions, as well as a summary of his jazz successes. Salmon also examines teaching Brubeck’s pieces to music students.
Storb, Ilse & Fischer, Klaus-Gotthard. Dave Brubeck, Improvisations and Compositions: The Idea of Cultural Exchange: with Discography.
Translated by Bert Thompson. New York: P. Lang, 1994.
English translation of 1991 German text. Contains biography of Brubeck. Discography regarded as the best available. Discography lists recording dates, releases, reissues, personnel, labels, recording sites, and cross-reference.
Sullivan, Gordon R. Leadership, Versatility, and all that Jazz. Military Review 77(1), Jan/Feb 1997; 52 (6 pages).
Comparison of the leadership abilities of General Mathew B Ridgeway and Dave Brubeck.
Young, Harmon Griffith, III. The Sacred Choral Music of Dave Brubeck: A Historical, Analytical, and Critical Examination. PhD diss., University of Florida, 1995.
Abstract in Dissertation Abstracts International 56, no. 11A, (1995): 4201.
Analysis of Brubeck’s sacred choral compositions between 1967-1992.
The Brubeck Collection. Holt-Atherton Special Collections. University of the Pacific. Stockton CA.
This site contains a finding aid for the Brubeck Collection. It also contains the Brubeck Oral History Project, the Brubeck Collection Medley, and Related Collections.
Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific. University of the Pacific. Stockton CA.
Website for the Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific. Contains a short bio of Brubeck and updated information regarding the Institute.
Official website of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Site contents include biographical info, quarterly newsletter, music, and photos.
Dave Brubeck : NPR.
National Public Radio site with several articles, interviews, and reviews about Dave Brubeck and his works.
Introduction to Dave Brubeck’s 90th Birthday
This Turner Classic Movies (TCM) website provides a brief bio of Dave Brubeck and highlights his appearances in movies. This site also promotes TCM’s documentary about Brubeck, titled Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way.
Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns.
Washington: DC: Public Broadcasting System. 200-?.
This PBS series website once provided a bio and interviews with Brubeck. It now acts as a means to stream the series, which includes info about Brubeck.
Rediscovering Dave Brubeck.
Washington: DC: Public Broadcasting System. 2001.
The web companion for the PBS documentary Rediscovering Dave Brubeck with Hedrick Smith. This site contains background information, interviews, and a few tunes to download.
Search YouTube for videos containing Dave Brubeck performances and interviews.