Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck Dies

Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient dies at 91
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    Dave Brubeck honored by The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter in 2006
December 05, 2012 -- 10:52 am PST

GRAMMY-nominated jazz pianist/composer Dave Brubeck died of heart failure on Dec. 5. He was 91. A classically trained pianist, Brubeck was the leader of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, one of the most significant acts of the West Coast jazz movement. The quartet recorded five Top 10 albums, including 1959's Time Out, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Brubeck received his first career GRAMMY nomination in 1960 for Best Jazz Composition Of More Than Five Minutes Duration for "Blue Rondo A La Turk." The quartet's highest-charting single was "Take Five," which reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961 and received a GRAMMY nomination for Record Of The Year. With a recording career spanning more than 60 years, Brubeck was also known for jazz standards such as "The Duke" and "In Your Own Sweet Way." In 1996 Brubeck received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy. Two of Brubeck's recordings have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame: "Take Five" (inducted in 1996) and Time Out (2009). His most recent GRAMMY nomination came in 2009 for Best Classical Crossover Album for his participation on Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy And Peace.

"Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement award recipient David Brubeck was an iconic jazz and classical pianist," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "His recordings have received both commercial and critical success, and will be remembered and celebrated for generations to come. We have lost a great legend in our community, and our thoughts and condolences go to his family, friends and all those he inspired." 

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