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Oscar-winning producer Saul Zaentz dead at 92

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Saul Zaentz, who won three Oscars after becoming a movie producer in his 50s, died Friday in California, his nephew said.

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Jazz icon Dave Brubeck dead at 91

Jazz icon Dave Brubeck dead at 91

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Famed jazz pianist and songwriter Dave Brubeck died Wednesday at a hospital in Norwalk, Conn., his manager said. He was 91.

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Web site picks 'surprising' jazz cities

Web site picks 'surprising' jazz cities

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A California-based travel Web site picked Cork, Ireland, to top its list of "Five Surprising Cities for Jazz Lovers."
Springsteen, Brooks up for Kennedy Honors

Springsteen, Brooks up for Kennedy Honors

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen are to be this year's recipients of Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.

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Brubeck jams with 12-year-old at festival

HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Famed jazz pianist Dave Brubeck took time during the Litchfield Jazz Festival in Connecticut to play alongside a 12-year-old saxophonist, the boy says.

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Music festival features rare Brubeck piece

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A seldom-heard sacred piece by jazz musician Dave Brubeck will highlight a New York music festival also premiering nine new works, organizers said.

McCoy Tyner still in the jazz scene

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- In a world full of pop music, solo artists and five piece bands, the piano-led trio is still as strong as ever in the jazz world.

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Dave Brubeck
WAP2000030897 - 08 MARCH 2000 - WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: Famed jazz musician Dave Brubeck shortly before being awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial medal at the Smithsonian Institution, March 8, in Washington, D.C. The award was given in a ceremony commemorating the start of "Piano 300", an exhibit celebrating 300 years since the invention of the piano. rg/iw/Ian Wagreich UPI
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David Warren "Dave" Brubeck (born December 6, 1920) is an American jazz pianist. He has written a number of jazz standards, including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". Brubeck's style ranges from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother's attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

His long-time musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, wrote the Dave Brubeck Quartet's best remembered piece, "Take Five", which is in 5/4 time and has endured as a jazz classic on the top-selling jazz album of all time, Time Out. Brubeck experimented with time signatures throughout his career, recording "Pick Up Sticks" in 6/4, "Unsquare Dance" in 7/4, and "Blue Rondo à la Turk" in 9/8. He is also a respected composer of orchestral and sacred music, and wrote soundtracks for television such as Mr. Broadway and the animated mini-series This Is America, Charlie Brown.

Brubeck was born in Concord, California and grew up in Ione. His father, Howard "Pete" Brubeck, was a cattle rancher, and his mother, Elizabeth (née Ivey), who had studied piano in England under Myra Hess and intended to become a concert pianist, taught piano for extra money. Brubeck originally did not intend to become a musician (his two older brothers, Henry and Howard, were already on that track), but took lessons from his mother. He could not read sheet music during these early lessons, attributing this difficulty to poor eyesight, but "faked" his way through, well enough that this deficiency went mostly unnoticed.

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