By Craig Hubert | The Chicago Tribune is reporting that legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck passed away this morning from heart failure in Norwalk, Connecticut. He was one day short of 92. Born in 1920, Brubeck began his career playing in local dance bands growing up in California and later lead a service band overseas during World War II. Returning from the war, he studied at Mills College under French composer Darius Milhaud, and it was here that he formed his first group, the Dave Brubeck Octet. After stripping the group down to a trio, he would later form the Dave Brubeck Quartet, who toured consistently through the 1950’s and 1960’s and recorded a string of hit records. Brubeck was so popular during this period that he made the cover of Time magazine in 1954 and would work with the American Ballet Theater before the original lineup of the Quartet – Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Joe Morello and Eugene Wright – broke up in 1967. Brubeck continued to perform, sometimes in a group with his children, and record throughout the following decades. He was awarded the Living Legacy Jazz Award from the Kennedy Center in 2007. He is survived by his wife, Iola; four sons and a daughter; grandsons and a great granddaughter.
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