At Home with Dave Brubeck - JazzWax

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December 01, 2010


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If jealousy's a sin, I'll probably burn in eternal hell-fire. Great interview!!!

How's the book coming?

Ed Leimbacher

Well, Marc, I am the most envious I've ever been; your visit to the Brubecks' home would have been two hours in heaven for me. I admit it, I'm still a total fan. Dave and the Quartet introduced me to Jazz; I first heard them at age 14 in 1957, lying flat on my back for a few days in a hospital in Izmir, Turkey. When able to move, I followed the music to the room of an airman with hepatitus and a portable phonograph. And that was it... instant conversion... and for all the years since, no matter what other music I got hooked on, Dave, Paul, and the various rhythm guys played the soundtrack of my life.

I last saw Brubeck in person at a club a year or so back, and I can report (the words superceding gender) that age has not withered nor custom staled the infinite variety and joy the man still spreads. I say, Go for the hundred, Dave!


You've created another great portrait of a jazz legend. I first saw Dave for my 40th birthday at a small club in Annapolis, MD.

Hence, one of my most vivid senses of well-being comes each year when I sit in the August sun at Newport, smoking a good cigar and listening to Dave Brubeck perform.

May it never end.

Brendan Conroy

I am currently reading Ted Gioia's West Coast Jazz (wonderful book so far) and there is a long Brubeck section with a bio on Dave and the development of his music which is wonderful and has prompted me to give Brubeck's work a more serious, comprehensive listen. I have alway known his Time Out recording and have played Take Five many times, but now I will explore his discog more thoroughly.

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