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Jazz World Mourns Dave Brubeck, a Concord Native

The pianist was born in Concord on Dec. 6, 1920. His "Take Five" was the bestselling jazz song of all time.

Jazz pianist and Concord native Dave Brubeck has died at the age of 91, a day before his 92nd birthday.

"Brubeck and his band made a career out of playing music that was way out of the box, yet somehow accessible to mainstream ears," writes Patch maestro Jim Caroompas in a column about Bru.

Brubeck was born in Concord on on Dec. 6, 1920. “Take Five”, a composition from his best-selling album "Time Out," became a jazz standard and the bestselling jazz song of all time.

As a dedication to the jazz pioneer and his local roots, the City of Concord re-named the former "Concord Neighborhood Park" park on Concord Boulevard "Dave Brubeck Memorial Park."

Brubeck died died of heart failure Wednesday morning while he was en route to "a regular treatment with his cardiologist,” at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., according to his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd and as reported by the Chicago Times.

This story originated on Concord Patch.

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