What Jazz Meant To Dave Brubeck (1920-2012) – A Few Quotes & Sounds


“One of the reasons I believe in jazz, is that the oneness of man can come through the rhythm of your heart.

It’s the same anyplace in the world, that heartbeat. It’s the first thing you hear when you’re born — or before you’re born — and it’s the last thing you hear.”

“New York Times” Dave Brubeck Obituary

Someday My Prince Will Come – Dave Brubeck Quartet – 1957

From Dave Digs Disney.

Found in the obituary at Deutschland Radio.

For more with Bru’s quotes will Doug’s Rifftides be my #1 source once again:

Compatible Quotes: Dave Brubeck

I have provided one of them in a comment, here it is:

“I’m beginning to understand myself. But it would have been great to be able to understand myself when I was 20 rather than when I was 82.”

Since Dave did not only dig Disney, but also the Duke, here *is* his lovely portrait of Edward Kennedy Ellington, a.k.a. The Duke, live from the Newport Jazz Festival, 1958.

The album was later subtitled “Dave Brubeck Plays Ellington”, and it features beside Paul Desmond & Joe Morello, Mr. Joe Benjamin on the acoustic bass. Joe was one of Duke Ellington’s last regular bass players, and he also played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra during the 1950’s.


Arnold Schönberg, explaining the 12-tone system, or other musical wonders 🙂

The famous bass line at “The Duke” contains all 12 tones of the western tonal system, a fact Mr. Brubeck got informed about later on.

When I find the time, I will put up “A Musical Tribute To Dave Brubeck” post with famous cover versions of Dave Brubeck compositions, such as the wonderful collaboration of Miles Davis & Gil Evans who also have chosen “The Duke” for their magnificent album “Miles Ahead”.

And so, stay tuned!

Yours truly,


Blog owner’s update: The full-length Ken Burns interview with Dave Brubeck can be read HERE; don’t miss it!

Dave, Paul, Eugene & Joe shall have the last words with one of Dave’s finest compositions, “In Your Own Sweet Way”, which got covered by many, many stars of jazz:

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