September 16, 2003 Jazz Luminary Dave Brubeck Opens Library of Congress 2003-2004 Concert Series

Brubeck to Receive the Library's "Living Legend" Award

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Legendary pianist-composer Dave Brubeck will officially launch the Library of Congress 2003-2004 concert series at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, hosting a special workshop and jam session featuring the Dave Brubeck Quartet, bassist Christian McBride, and the Brubeck Institute’s sextet of talented young musicians: Justin Brown, Asher Tobin Chodos, Anthony Coleman, Joseph Sanders, Scott McGinty and Mark Zaleski.

Jazz educator J.B. Dyas, executive director of the Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific, will co-host the workshop with McBride, who serves as the institute’s artistic director. The concert will be held in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. No tickets are required for this event, which is presented with support from the Irving Caesar Lifetime Trust. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come basis.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet and Christian McBride will again share the Coolidge stage with the Brubeck Institute’s sextet on Oct. 1, performing a program of classic jazz standards, Brubeck compositions and perhaps a few surprises. The Library of Congress will honor Brubeck, an iconic figure in American music, that evening with its “Living Legend” award, which is bestowed on public figures whose achievements have enriched American culture. Tickets for this concert are required and can be obtained through TicketMaster for a nominal service charge.

Since establishing the award at its Bicentennial celebration in 2000, the Library has honored more than 80 “Living Legends,” ranging from musicians, artists, writers and activists, to filmmakers, physicians, entertainers, sports figures and public servants. Past recipients include

Hank Aaron, Yo Yo Ma, Colin Powell, Al Hirshfeld, Quincy Jones, Bob Hope, Marian Wright Edelman, John Kenneth Galbraith, Johnny Cash, Walter Cronkite and Sally Ride.

Throughout a career spanning more than six decades, Brubeck has been one of America’s most honored and respected musicians as well as a global ambassador for jazz. At 82, he continues to be a vibrant performer and composer as well as an and educator and spokesman for American culture.

Born in Concord, Calif., Brubeck entered the College of the Pacific in Stockton as a pre-medical student working toward a career as a veterinarian, but he changed his major to music after being engaged as a pianist in local jazz clubs. As a young player in postwar San Francisco, Brubeck drew attention for a distinctive harmonic approach, and later for unusual meters that reflected his interest in ethnic music. A pioneer of the West Coast jazz movement, he toured with such artists as Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan and Dizzy Gillespie. He established one of the most successful and long-lived quartets in jazz history, which today features Bobby Militello on saxophone, Michael Moore on bass and Randy Jones on drums.

By the mid-1950s Brubeck was already becoming a citizen of the world, beginning a series of tours with his quartet on behalf of the U.S. State Department. His 1960 recording of the now-classic hit “Take Five” was the first jazz recording whose sales hit the 1 million mark.

Brubeck has been honored with a National Medal of the Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the International Jazz Hall of Fame. He has performed for eight U.S. presidents and was a distinguished entertainer at the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit in 1988. Brubeck is the chairman of the Brubeck Institute, established in his honor by the University of the Pacific in 2000.

All Library of Congress concerts and other public programs are presented free of charge but require tickets for admission. Tickets are distributed by ticketmaster at (301) 808-6900, (410) 752-1200 or, for out-of-state residents, (800) 551-7328. Each ticket carries a nominal service charge of $2, with additional charges for phone orders and handling. Tickets are also available at ticketmaster outlets, with a limit of two per person, and online at Although the supply of tickets may be exhausted, there are often empty seats at concert time. Interested patrons are encouraged to come to the Library by 6:30 p.m. to wait in the standby line for no-show tickets.


PR 03-152
ISSN 0731-3527