Saturday, August 09, 2008
Continuing with our occasional summer series previewing this fall's jazz concert attractions in St. Louis, this week the spotlight falls on legendary jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who will return to our city on Saturday, October 4 for a performance at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
The first video clip is from 1961, and shows the classic Dave Brubeck Quartet - Brubeck on piano, Paul Desmond on alto sax, drummer Joe Morello and bassist Gene Wright - performing Desmond's "Take Five," their signature tune and still one of the biggest-selling jazz records of all time.
The second video is from 2007, and shows Brubeck soloing on "Things Ain't What They Used To Be," a song closely associated with his musical idol Duke Ellington. Brubeck celebrate his 88th birthday in December of 2008, and still plays dozens of concerts a year. Single tickets for the Sheldon's 2008-09 concerts, including Brubeck's show, are now on sale.