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Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck
The DCJF Lifetime Achievement Award
2005

Regarded as one of the most accomplished pianists of all time, Dave Brubeck was presented with the inaugural Duke Ellington Jazz Festival Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. An early experimenter in combining jazz with symphony orchestras, Brubeck continues to appear as composer-performer in concerts of his choral and symphonic orchestral compositions. Over his long career, Dave Brubeck recorded with such legendary figures as Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Rushing, Gerry Mulligan and Carmen McRae, as well as current "Young Lions" Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman and Christian McBride.

Regarded as one of the most accomplished pianists of all time, Dave Brubeck was presented with the inaugural Duke Ellington Jazz Festival Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. An early experimenter in combining jazz with symphony orchestras, Brubeck continues to appear as composer-performer in concerts of his choral and symphonic orchestral compositions. Over his long career, Dave Brubeck recorded with such legendary figures as Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Rushing, Gerry Mulligan and Carmen McRae, as well as current "Young Lions" Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman and Christian McBride.

By 1954 Brubeck's popularity was such that his picture appeared on the cover of Time Magazine and his recordings were being played throughout the world. His album "Time Out" and the hits "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk" went "gold," a rare feat for an instrumental jazz recording. Always expanding jazz horizons, the Dave Brubeck Quartet performed, and in 1959 recorded, with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Subsequent world tours by the Quartet, including several for the U.S. State Department, made Brubeck one of America's foremost goodwill ambassadors. He entertained world leaders at the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit in Moscow in 1988; he has performed before eight U.S. Presidents, princes, kings, heads of state, and Pope John Paul ll.

In recognition of his ongoing contribution to jazz, he also received the prestigious NEA Jazz Master's Award in 1999 and the National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton. His musical contributions as both pianist and composer have also been recognized with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The International Association of Jazz Educators inducted him into the Jazz Hall of Fame at their annual conference earlier this year. These are but a few of the honors bestowed upon this elder statesman of jazz, whose career spans six decades.

Adding to his long list of honors and awards, The University of the Pacific established the The Brubeck Institute in 1999. The Institute is dedicated to the promulgation of contemporary music of all styles, with an emphasis on jazz and improvisation.