Jazz legend Dave Brubeck will take the stage at the University of Notre Dames DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts at 8:30 tonight (Oct. 19) in the Leighton Concert Hall. The performance is sold out.
A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner, Brubeck was the 2006 recipient of Notre Dames Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics.
The pianist and composer known for such signature works asBlue Rondo a la TurkandTake Five,will perform the first half of the program in the company of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, then will welcome the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra and a combined choral group of more than 200 Notre Dame students to join him on stage for the remainder of the concert.
Brubeck began playing jazz in San Francisco nightclubs, and by 1951 had formed the Brubeck Quartet, which so dramatically reshaped both the sounds and the audiences of American jazz music that the 1954 release of its album,Jazz Goes to College,was the subject of a Time magazine cover story which described Brubeck asthe most exciting new jazz artist at work todayand the composer and performer ofsome of the strangest and loveliest music ever played since jazz was born.
Honored with the lifetime achievement Grammy in 1996, Brubeck has written, performed and recorded ballets, a musical, an oratorio, cantatas, a Mass, compositions for jazz combos and orchestras, and numerous solo piano pieces.