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A Celebration of the Life and Music of Dave Brubeck Saturday, May 11, 2013, 4:00 PM
(Published: May 08, 2013)

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

Dave Brubeck: December 6, 1920 - December 5, 2012

Chick Corea, Paquito D'Rivera, Branford Marsalis, Paul Winter, Eugene Wright, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Bill Charlap, Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Darius, Chris, Dan and Matthew Brubeck & others to perform

Sirius XM Radio Personality Mark Ruffin Will Host
Iola Brubeck, George Wein & The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski to speak

New York, NY--"A Celebration of the Life and Music of Dave Brubeck" will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 4:00 P.M. at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue in New York City. There are no tickets to this event; the event is free and all are welcome. This is the only family-sponsored event.

Artists scheduled to perform include Chick Corea, Paquito D'Rivera, Branford Marsalis, Paul Winter, Eugene Wright, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Bill Charlap, John Salmon, Renee Rosnes, Andy Laverne, Ted Rosenthal, Rufus Reid, Hilary Kole, Michael Pedicin, Jr., Mark Morganelli, Deepak Ram, Cory Cox, The Brubeck Institute Alumni Jazz Quintet and Darius, Chris, Matthew and Dan Brubeck. Speakers include The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski, Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Iola Brubeck and George Wein. Sirius XM's Mark Ruffin will host the proceedings.

Information on The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine can be found at www.stjohndivine.org or by calling 212-316-7540. Public inquiries regarding the Dave Brubeck celebration can be directed to contactus@absolutelylive.net and will be answered when further details become available.

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck passed away on December 5, 2012 at age 91, the day before his 92nd birthday. A private funeral was held in Wilton, Connecticut in December, 2012.

Dave Brubeck Bio information:
Legend. American icon. Jazz titan. These are just a handful of the accolades offered to jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck.

Dave Brubeck recorded over 100 albums from 1942 to 2011 and broke musical ground for composing commercially successful music in odd time signatures. He was also lauded for his many ballets, orchestral, oratorio and choral works. As one of the best known and most highly-regarded American ambassadors of jazz throughout the globe, he made the cover of Time Magazine in 1954.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet's best remembered piece is "Take Five," which is in 5/4 time and has endured as a jazz classic on the Double Platinum-selling jazz album, Time Out.

Dave Brubeck has been honored extensively, acquiring The National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994; he also became an National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 1999.

Dave also received the DownBeat Hall of Fame Award in 1994, The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996, a Doctorate of Sacred Theology, Doctorate honoris causa from the University of Fribourg, in Switzerland in 2004, The Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame in 2006, The BBC Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and The U.S. State Department's Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy for offering an American "vision of hope, opportunity and freedom" through his music in 2008.

As well in 2008, he was inducted by Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger and California First Lady Maria Shriver into the California Hall of Fame; that year he also received an Honorary Doctorate from the Eastman School of Music.

In September 2009, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Brubeck as a Kennedy Center Honoree for exhibiting excellence in performance arts. The Kennedy Center Honors Gala took place on Sunday, December 6, Brubeck's 89th birthday. Earlier that day at the White House, President Barack Obama recalled that in 1971 he attended his very first jazz concert, which was a concert given by Brubeck, and said: "In order to understand America, you have to understand jazz, and in order to understand jazz you have to understand Dave Brubeck."

Brubeck also was granted an honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music, a George Washington University Honorary Doctorate and The Miles Davis Award from the Montreal Jazz Festival. Dave Brubeck appeared regularly at the world famous Newport Jazz Festival and had more appearances at Newport than any other artist over the years.

In 2010, Bruce Ricker and Clint Eastwood produced Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way, a documentary about Brubeck for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) to commemorate his 90th birthday in December 2010.

The main-belt asteroid "5079 Brubeck" is named after him!

In 2000, the University of the Pacific honored their most famous graduate by establishing The Brubeck Institute. What began as a special archive, consisting of the personal document collection of the Brubecks, has since expanded to provide fellowships and educational opportunities in jazz for students, also leading to having one of the main streets on which the school resides named in his honor, Dave Brubeck Way.

About The Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. It is chartered as a house of prayer for all people and a unifying center of intellectual light and leadership. People from many faiths and communities worship together in services held more than 30 times a week; the soup kitchen serves roughly 25,000 meals annually; social service outreach has an increasingly varied roster of programs; the distinguished Cathedral School prepares young students to be future leaders; Adults and Children in Trust, the renowned preschool, afterschool and summer program, offers diverse educational and nurturing experiences; the outstanding Textile Conservation Lab preserves world treasures; concerts, exhibitions, performances and civic gatherings allow conversation, celebration, reflection and remembrance-such is the joyfully busy life of this beloved and venerated Cathedral.

The Cathedral is open 7 days a week from 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM. Please visit stjohndivine.org for more information and a schedule of public programs.

Performing Artists List:

Bill Charlap, piano
Chick Corea, piano
Darius Brubeck, piano
Renee Rosnes, piano
John Salmon, piano
Andy Laverne, piano
Ted Rosenthal, piano
Rufus Reid, bass
Eugene Wright, bass
Chris Brubeck, electric bass, bass trombone
Paquito D'Rivera, tenor sax
Branford Marsalis, tenor sax
Michael Pedicin, Jr., tenor sax
Paul Winter, alto sax
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Jon Faddis, trumpet
Roy Hargrove, trumpet
Mark Morganelli, flugelhorn
Roberta Gambarini, vocals
Hilary Kole, vocals
Dan Brubeck, drums
Cory Cox, drums
Matthew Brubeck, cello
Deepak Ram, flute
The Brubeck Institute Alumni Jazz Quintet

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