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The Dave Brubeck Quartet: "Jazz At The College of the Pacific" (Previously unreleased performances)

CiTR -- The Jazz Show

The Dave Brubeck Quartet is our Jazz Feature from a live concert from The College of the Pacific on Dec. 14,1953 with Paul Desmond on alto saxophone, Ron Crotty on bass and Joe Dodge on drums playing his very first gig with the band. This concert was special for Brubeck as it was at his alma mater. Desmond in particular loved the acoustics of the hall too as it brought out special properties of his alto saxophone. Brubeck, with the help of his wife, Iola had opened the doors in the early 1950s to presenting Jazz to college audiences and he had done a few cross country tours at universities throughout the nation. But this was a special one. A classic album had been released with 6 selections from the concert and is now along with an album recorded at Oberlin University, two of Brubeck's finest from his early years. This album is from the College of the Pacific concert but it never saw the light of day for over 50 years and is a series of great tunes.! An undiscovered treasure will be heard tonight. This is a further continuation of this month's Jazz Features with previously unreleased or undiscovered recordings this one has the Brubeck quartet at it's early best.

3hr 43mins

11 Oct 2022

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198 - The Real Ambassadors: Dave Brubeck, Iola Brubeck, and Louis Armstrong

The Kitchen Sisters Present

The story of The Real Ambassadors, a jazz musical created by Dave Brubeck and Iola Brubeck for Louis Armstrong in the 1950/60s—a poignant tale of cultural exchange, anti-racism, jazz history, and it’s a love story—between life-long husband and wife partners, Iola and Dave Brubeck and their vision for a better world. The original show, featured Louis Armstrong, Carmen McCrae, Dave Brubeck and Lambert Hendricks and Bavan, and was performed live only once, at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1962. This year’s Monterey Jazz Festival, September 23-25, 2022, is the 60th Anniversary of the performance. The musical is based on the Jazz Ambassadors Program established by President Eisenhower and the US State Department during the Cold War as an effort to win hearts and minds around the world. Jazz musicians were sent out to represent the freedom and creativity of America through their art form. The irony is that Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and most of the other Jazz Ambassadors were Black—they were treated like royalty around the world, but could not stay in hotels or play in integrated bands in their own country. The Brubeck’s musical was a chance for Louis Armstrong to speak out about his deep feelings about racism and segregation in this country — feelings he rarely expressed publicly. The story features original music, rare archival recorded letters back and forth between the Brubecks and Louis Armstrong about the project, rehearsal recordings and interviews with Dave and Iola Brubeck. Other voices include: the Brubeck’s sons, Chris and Dan Brubeck; Keith Hatschek, author of newly released book, "The Real Ambassadors;” Ricky Riccardi, Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum; and singer/actress Yolande Bavan, the last surviving performer involved in the project. Thanks to: Keith Hatschek, Chris, Brubeck, Dan Brubeck,  Ricky Riccardi, Yolande Bavan,  Lisa Cohen, and Wynton Marsalis. Special thanks to: The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation and the Louis Armstrong House Museum; Michael Bellacosa and the Brubeck Collection, Wilton Library, Wilton, Connecticut; The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia & RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-66 Mosaic Records 270; The Milken Family Foundation Archive Oral History Project; and The Library of Congress. The Real Ambassadors was produced by The Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson) and Brandi Howell in collaboration with Jackson Spenner. Mixed by Jim McKee.


20 Sep 2022

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Golden Gems

David Warren Brubeck was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the foremost exponents of "cool jazz".


14 Aug 2022

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Carmen McRae and Dave Brubeck: "Live at Basin Street East: Take Five"st

CiTR -- The Jazz Show

A very special meeting tonight as our Jazz Feature. One of the greatest of Jazz singers was Carmen McRae and the iconic Dave Brubeck Quartet in a live recording done in New York at the prestigious club "Basin Street East" in September of 1961. Carman was intrigued and wanted to sing something different and Brubeck wrote a bunch of melodies that she loved and Brubeck's wife Iola put lyrics to the tunes and Carmen was hooked. It was a very different venture from singing Gershwin and porter standard tunes. Carmen performs twelve wonderful pieces with Dave and the Quartet with Paul Desmond on alto saxophone, Eugene Wright on bass, Joe Morello on drums before a very appreciative audience. The result was issued on Columbia Records and called "Take Five" and yes that tune by Paul Desmond comes complete with lyrics! Tonight's special Jazz Feature...check it out!

3hr 37mins

12 Jul 2022

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Time Out with DAVE BRUBECK – Rare 2003 INTERVIEW with Take Five Legend

Radio Richard | Richard Niles Podcast

Dave Brubeck, designated a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, was one of the most active and popular musicians in both the jazz and classical worlds. With a career that spanned over six decades, his experiments in odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, polyrhythm and polytonality remain hallmarks of innovation. When I heard Brubeck would be in London for a series of concerts, I immediately booked an interview for the BBC as part of my series, “The New Jazz Standards”. He talks about his early, experimental Octet, studies with Darius Milhaud, his musical influences, how “cool” jazz isn’t cool at all, and how his admirers included Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton. He also tells some very amusing stories about his dear friend and brilliant musical partner, Paul Desmond. This was so much fun, and I’m so happy to bring you this rare interview with a very nice musical giant who always did everything in his own sweet way -Dave Brubeck Time Out with DAVE BRUBECK – Rare 2003 INTERVIEW with Take Five Legend Watch this episode in video HERE #DaveBrubeck #RichardNiles #DAVEBRUBECKRare2003INTERVIEW #RadioRichard #DaveBrubeck #DaveBrubeckQuartet #PaulDesmond #EugeneWright #JoeMorello #TakeFive #DaveBrubeckOctet #DariusMihaud #DukeEllington #StanKenton #JohnColtrane #LouisArmstrong #MilesDavis #Jazz #CoolJazz #JazzComposition #ClassicalMusic #London Please Like, Share, and Subscribe to our YouTube channel HERE Buy Richard's acclaimed books HERE Buy Richard's astounding music HERE Check our channel's official online shop for great & exclusive memorabilia HERE Send me enough for a cup of coffee at The Ritz to keep our Radio Richard growing: Via PayPal Via Patreon “Radio Richard Theme” ©2022Niles Smiles Music (BMI) by Richard Niles “New Jazz Standards” ©2022Niles Smiles Music (BMI) by Richard Niles FAIR USE DECLARATION “Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational, or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.” This YouTube channel and its videos may contain copyrighted recordings, the use of which may not always be specifically authorized by the copyright owner. In such a case, Dr. Richard Niles, an established educator, is making the material available in our efforts to educate and advance understanding of music through research and criticism. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. All content and shows that are on this page that are copyrighted are used under the fair use rationale.


16 Jun 2022

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Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out | #006

Polyphonic Press - Classic Album Reviews

"Dave Brubeck's defining masterpiece, Time Out is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history, the first to consciously explore time signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time. It was a risky move -- Brubeck's record company wasn't keen on releasing such an arty project, and many critics initially roasted him for tampering with jazz's rhythmic foundation. But for once, public taste was more advanced than that of the critics. Buoyed by a hit single in altoist Paul Desmond's ubiquitous "Take Five," Time Out became an unexpectedly huge success, and still ranks as one of the most popular jazz albums ever. That's a testament to Brubeck and Desmond's abilities as composers, because Time Out is full of challenges both subtle and overt -- it's just that they're not jarring. Brubeck's classic "Blue Rondo à la Turk" blends jazz with classical form and Turkish folk rhythms, while "Take Five," despite its overexposure, really is a masterpiece; listen to how well Desmond's solo phrasing fits the 5/4 meter, and how much Joe Morello's drum solo bends time without getting lost. The other selections are richly melodic as well, and even when the meters are even, the group sets up shifting polyrhythmic counterpoints that nod to African and Eastern musics. Some have come to disdain Time Out as its become increasingly synonymous with upscale coffeehouse ambience, but as someone once said of Shakespeare, it's really very good in spite of the people who like it. It doesn't just sound sophisticated -- it really is sophisticated music, which lends itself to cerebral appreciation, yet never stops swinging. Countless other musicians built on its pioneering experiments, yet it's amazingly accessible for all its advanced thinking, a rare feat in any art form. This belongs in even the most rudimentary jazz collection." - Steve Huey, All Music See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


7 Oct 2021

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Jailhouse Radio

One of the smoothest voices ever to entertain millions of people. Known professionally as "The Velvet Fog" he brought Jazz into another level. He began his career in the 1940's and was active until 1996.  Dave Brubeck and his "Trio" revolutionized the sound of modern Jazz. Grady L. revolutionized Jailhouse Radio. You can be the judge. Enjoy! 


19 May 2021

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166-Dave Brubeck & The Ambassadors of Jazz

The Kitchen Sisters Present

“A blue note in a minor key—America has its secret sonic weapon—Jazz.” That was the headline in 1955 when the United States sent its top musicians overseas to promote democracy. They called them the Jazz Ambassadors—Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dave Brubeck. Today, in honor of Dave Brubeck month (May 4 is Dave Brubeck day — that’s 5/4 named for the 5/4 time signature of take 5) the story of Dave Brubeck and the Jazz Ambassadors. In 1958, the Dave Brubeck Quartet embarked on a tour of Europe and Asia sponsored by the U.S. State Department. And a special interview with Dave Brubeck’s sons, Dan and Chris Brubeck and what it was like growing up with their very unusual and genius father. Excellent musicians in their own right, the two share intimate memories of their father and his legendary contributions to modern jazz. Featuring interviews with Keith Hatschek, Program Director for Music Management and Music Industry Studies at the University of Pacific; and Mike Wurtz, Assistant Professor and Head of Special Collections and Archives at the Holt-Atherton Special Collections at the University of Pacific Library. The archival recording of Dave Brubeck is from his interview with Monk Rowe from the Fillius Jazz Archive at Hamilton College. Produced by Brandi Howell for The Echo Chamber Podcast.


11 May 2021

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Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out

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16 Apr 2021

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The Dave Brubeck Interview

The Jake Feinberg Show

GEORGE MARSH Dave Brubeck helped shape my musical life. He was incredibly honest and fearless in his musical directions. A mixture of classical and jazz in his improvisations mixed with odd time signatures and a joyful and playful approach towards experimenting. His music was never boring and always accessible. Too hip to try to be hip. He taught me how to be myself by always being himself in his music. If you can find it, check out Stardust, recorded back in the 50’s on Fantasy Records.


1 Sep 2020