Who on Earth is Dave Brubeck?

American jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck is known for several cool jazz tunes like Take Five and The Duke. His song Unsquare Dance was used in the 2017 film Baby Driver.

Quotes by Dave Brubeck

“Art may not have the power to change the course of history, but it can provide a perspective on historical events that needs to be heard, even if it's seldom heeded. After all the temporary influences that once directed the course of history have vanished, great art survives and continues to speak to each generation.”

Dave Brubeck

“Every individual should be expressing themselves, whether a politician or a minister or a policeman.”

Dave Brubeck

“I don't think you can separate a person's style and his persona. If you're writing or improvising honestly, you will inevitably reflect who you are.”

Dave Brubeck

“I think the church should strive to give parishioners good music. Music is as necessary for worship as a building with a beautiful altar, artwork, and stained-glass windows. Together they create an environment conducive to worship and contemplation. We are not in church for entertainment, but to worship.”

Dave Brubeck

“I wasn't allowed to play in some universities in the United States and out of twenty-five concerts, twenty-three were canceled unless I would substitute my black bass player for my old white bass player, which I wouldn't do.”

Dave Brubeck

“It's like a whole orchestra, the piano for me.”

Dave Brubeck

“Jazz is about freedom within discipline. Usually a dictatorship like in Russia and Germany will prevent jazz from being played because it just seemed to represent freedom, democracy and the United States.”

Dave Brubeck

“Jazz is about the only form of art existing today in which there is freedom of the individual without the loss of group contact.”

Dave Brubeck

“Jazz stands for freedom. It's supposed to be the voice of freedom: Get out there and improvise, and take chances, and don't be a perfectionist - leave that to the classical musicians.”

Dave Brubeck

“Kinship doesn't come from skin color. It's in your soul and your mind.”

Dave Brubeck

“Many people don't understand how disciplined you have to be to play jazz. And that is really the idea of democracy - freedom within the Constitution or discipline. You don't just get out there and do anything you want.”

Dave Brubeck

“The secret of a great melody is a secret.”

Dave Brubeck

“There's a way of playing safe, there's a way of using tricks and there's the way I like to play which is dangerously where you're going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven't created before.”

Dave Brubeck Brubeck's last Facebook post in 2012

“We don't know the power that's within our own bodies.”

Dave Brubeck

“When things are going well, I hate to quit.
Dave Brubeck.”

Dave Brubeck