December 5, 2012 19:30

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck dies aged 91

The pianist and composer was one day shy of his 92nd birthday

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck dies aged 91
Jazz musician Dave Brubeck has died at the age of 91.

The iconic pianist and composer passed away earlier today at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut (December 5) of heart failure, reports the Associated Press. He would have turned 92 tomorrow.

Born in California in 1920, he went on the serve in the Second World War, mostly as a musician in Europe. He formed the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951 and their 1959 album, 'Time Out', was the first ever million-selling jazz LP.

'Time Out' also featured the classic composition 'Take Five'. Scroll down to hear the song.

In 1996, Brubeck won a Grammy lifetime achievement award and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2009.

A birthday celebration concert had been planned for tomorrow in Waterbury, Connecticut. The show will still take place but will now be a tribute to the life of Brubeck.

Speaking to AP in 1995, Brubeck said of his career: "When you start out with goals — mine were to play polytonally and polyrhythmically — you never exhaust that. I started doing that in the 1940s. It's still a challenge to discover what can be done with just those two elements."

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