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Brubeck, David Warren

Born: 1920 AD
Currently alive, at 95 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Composers, Pianists

1920 – He was born on the 6th of December in Concord, California.

1942 – After graduating from the University of the Pacific, Brubeck was drafted into the army and served overseas in George Patton’s Third Army during the Battle of the Bulge.

1944 – Brubeck met Paul Desmond. He played in a band, quickly integrating it and gaining both popularity and deference.

1954 – He was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, the second jazz musician to be so honored.

1960 – Dave Brubeck was the program director of WJZZ-FM radio.

         – He achieved his vision of an all jazz format radio station along with his friend and neighbor John E. Metts, one of the first African Americans in senior radio management.

1980 – Brubeck converted to Catholicism, shortly after completing the Mass To Hope which had been commissioned by Ed Murray, editor of the national Catholic weekly Our Sunday Visitor.

1996 – He received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

2006 – Brubeck was awarded the University of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, during the University’s Commencement.

         – He performed "Travellin’ Blues" for the graduating class.