HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WSYR-TV) - Pioneering jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck has died.
Russell Gloyd, Brubeck's manager, says he died Wednesday morning of heart failure, after being stricken while on his way to a cardiology appointment with his son. He would have turned 92 on Thursday.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet's pieces such as "Take Five" caught listeners' ears with exotic, challenging rhythms and became enduring standards.
In 1954 he was the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine.
The quartet's 1959 album "Time Out" was the first ever million-selling jazz LP. "Take Five," a cut from that album by saxophonist Paul Desmond, became the group's signature theme.
Head of the Syracuse Jazz Fest Frank Malfitano says Brubeck headlined the festival three times.
“Every time we presented Dave was important, and for various reasons. Having a legend of his stature alongside Ray Charles, Sanborn and Pete Fountain and Diana Krall at the last Blowout in Clinton Square was major. And having him at the first fest in Clinton Square when his son Danny sat in on drums on Father's Day was something he always remembered and always commented on whenever we worked together, which was never often enough,” Malfitano said.
The Syracuse Jazz Fest was dedicated to Brubeck in 2007.