Blue Rondo a La Turk: Dave Brubeck

First track from the best Dave Brubeck album Time Out. Name comes from the 9/8 turkish rhythms as 2+2+2+3 and 3+3+3 which are played consecutively in this piece.

Dave Brubeck with Young Russian Violinist

During a visit to Moscow in the 80's, Dave Brubeck met the faculty and students in Moscow Conservatory. While he was improvising on a "Ei, uhnem", a Russian folk song, a young man downstage stood up to play St?phane Grappelli-style violin jazz with him. .

Today in History for December 6Th

Jefferson Davis dies in New Orleans; Four people die at a free Rolling Stones concert at the Altamont Speedway in Livermore, California; America's first attempt to put a satellite into orbit fails; Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck is born. (Dec. 6)

Jazz Composer, Pianist Dave Brubeck Dies

Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as "Take Five" caught listeners' ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died. (Dec. 5)

Sachal Studios: Take Five

Sachal Studios in Lahore, Pakistan, was founded by Izzat Majeed and Mushtaq Soofi to produce music they both loved and hoped it would also be loved by others. Here they play 'Take Five' paying tribute to the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Dave Brubeck described this interpretation as the most interesting recording he has ever heard.

Dave Brubeck: Unsquare Dance

The original, from Dave Brubeck's album "Time Further Out."

An iconic jazz piece from 1961.

From an Australian tv show.

Featuring married dancers Carlu Carter and Bill McGrath.

Kennedy Center Honorees at the White House

President Obama meets and celebrates this years Kennedy Center Honorees - Dave Brubeck, Mel Brooks, Grace Bumbry, Robert DeNiro, and Bruce Springsteen - who share their feelings on the experience. December 10, 2009. (Public Domain)

President Obama Celebrates Kennedy Center Honorees

The President speaks at a reception to pay tribute to this years Kennedy Center Honorees -- Dave Brubeck, Mel Brooks, Grace Bumbry, Robert DeNiro and Bruce Springsteen. December 6, 2009. (Public Domain)

Dave Brubeck: These Foolish Things (1959)

The Dave Brubeck Quartet in concert at the University of Rome in 1959.

In this nice standard there is some wonderful creative alto playing by Paul Desmond. After the pianosolo there is some very interesting solo work by bassist Eugene Wright.

Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five

On October 1961, Dave Brubeck performed on Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual, backed by the alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, bassist Eugene Wright and drummer Joe Morello.