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Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck

Dead at 91

12/5/2012 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Famed jazz pianist Dave Brubeck -- the man behind the famous song "Take Five" -- has died.

Brubeck's manager said the music icon passed away in Connecticut this morning due to heart failure, while on his way to a cardiology appointment. He was 91.

His birthday is tomorrow.

Brubeck was a living legend -- having written several jazz staples like "In Your Own Sweet Way," "Blue Rondo à la Turk," and "The Duke." The Dave Brubeck quartet recorded "Take Five" all the way back in 1959.

In 1954, Brubeck was the first modern jazz musician to be featured on the cover of Time magazine.

Brubeck is survived by his wife, four sons, a daughter, grandsons and a great granddaughter.

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The Pipe    

Stop talking over eacn other all the Dam Time.

500 days ago
17.

Good riddance!    

I grew up listening to my parents playing his music a lot growing up and I am seriously bummed I never had a chance to see him perform. He was one of the few people I would have probably flown somewhere moderately far away to see play. He lived an incredibly full and talented life and his music influenced a ton of people, so that's how I will always think of him.

500 days ago
18.

pat    

The band in Heaven just got better.


R.I.P. Mr. B.

500 days ago
19.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Man he made some great music. Rest in melody.

500 days ago
20.

Vinny    

RIP Dave Brubeck....one of my fav jazz musicians.

500 days ago
21.

DR SICK    

He was a true classic and will be missed.

500 days ago
22.

Denver    

Paul Desmond was the man behind "Take Five". He was the composer and played the alo sax. RIP to both...

500 days ago
23.

Rich     

Rest in peace Dave. An old man who loved your music.

500 days ago
24.

Rich     

One wonders....will ANY of these RAP CRAPPER be remembered even 20 years from now. The answer is simple...NO. They have no talent. Only the talented live on with their music.

500 days ago
25.

Bonnie    

Deepest sympathy to family and friends. Dave Brubeck was great! Take Five truly a classic.....to me it's "Manhattan" takes you back to a time and place, absolutely like no other!

500 days ago
26.

George    

I saw Dave Brubeck at my college when I was 20 years old. I said to him, "Play on Uncle Dave". He turned and looked at me with a look like "Thanks alot I'm not THAT old". Then he smiled at me and went into playing "Take Five". Gerry Mulligan was there too. I never forgot that moment. I'm 62 now. RIP, Dave, you entertained young and old!

500 days ago
27.

SeeSomethingSaySomething    

What? No!! I was just on iTunes two days ago looking for Brubeck classics that remind me of my grandpa. RIP, Dave!

499 days ago
28.

NoBozo    

This man was a cultural treasure. Our nation has lost a great musician. Thank you, Mr. Brubeck. RIP.

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