I am very saddened by the news that Dave Brubeck passed away today. God bless him, as he lived 1 day shy of living 92 full years on this earth! Over the years, he has had a love affair with Rochester, New York. I'll never forget when I interviewed him several years ago after his performance at the Rochester International Jazz Festival. He talked about how he felt when he made it on the cover of Time magazine before Duke Ellington did. I remember him saying during my interview with him, "It made me sad. He should have been first. He was my mentor." What a self-less human being he was. Thanks for ALL the years of your great music. Rochester will miss you Mr. Brubeck! RIP Maestro
I'll be airing a special 2 hour tribute to Dave Brubeck and his music on Artistry in Jazz, starting at 6 pm on Saturday, December 8th, streaming at Jazz901.org and broadcasting on Jazz 90.1 FM - WGMC.