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WDCB Celebrates 100 Years of Dave Brubeck!

November 30th, 2020

Sunday, December 6th marks the 100th birth anniversary of Dave Brubeck (1920-2012), one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz. Brubeck brought experimental touches to jazz, including unusual time signatures, while simultaneously popularizing the music and becoming one of it's biggest stars. Brubeck famously played not only to crowds in jazz clubs, but on college campuses, major concert halls and international stages in every corner of the world during his lengthy career.

WDCB will celebrate the Brubeck centennial all week long during our flagship 'DCB Jazz programming, culminating this Sunday afternoon with a live radio performance of Brubeck's classic "Time Out" album by the Richard Johnson Quartet, along with a radio documentary celebrating Brubeck's career. You'll also hear Brubeck-themed editions of the "Afterglow" and "Night Lights" shows this week.

Brubeck special programming...

Wednesday, December 2
7pm: Afterglow: Everybody’s Jumpin’ with Dave Brubeck
     An exploration of Dave Brubeck's work with singers like Tony Bennett, Jimmy Rushing, and Carmen McRae.

8pm: Nightlights: Jazz Impressions Of Brubeck
     Music from and inspired by the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s international trips to Japan, Mexico, Europe and Asia.


Sunday, December 6
Noon: Dave Brubeck Centennial Live Broadcast
     Pianist Richard Johnson's Quartet (featuring saxophonist Sharel Cassity) performs Brubeck's "Time Out" album, in a live performance from the PianoForte Studios in Chicago.

1pm: Dave Brubeck: Legacy of a Legend
     An hour long radio documentary exploring Brubeck's life & career, featuring the voice of Dave Brubeck himself.