Legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck died of heart failure in Connecticut today en route to a routine appointment with his cardiologist, his longtime manager has confirmed. Tomorrow would have been Brubeck's 92nd birthday.
In his decades-long career, Brubeck scoffed at racists who said white people shouldn't be playing jazz in black clubs, and scoffed again at jazz traditionalists by tinging his music with notes of European classicism, picked up from listening to long bouts of Chopin with his mother. "Frankly, labels bore me," Brubeck once told the Chicago Tribune.
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