Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck Celebrates His 90th Today

Last year, Dave Brubeck’s jazz standard, Take Five, turned 50 years old. (Watch his 1961 performance above.) And, today, the artist celebrates his 90th birthday. Throughout his 80s, Brubeck continued to perform across the US  (we have him playing Take Five at the Montreal Jazz Festival just last year) and onward he plans to go – although his touring was recently halted by pacemaker surgery. To commemorate his birthday, Turner Classic Movies will premiere tonight In His Own Sweet Way, a documentary revisiting Brubeck’s life and music. And NPR’s Fresh Air has re-aired a 1999 interview where (in addition to his music) Brubeck talks about his early days on a California cattle ranch, and his first love: rodeo roping. The conversation runs 34 minutes. You can listen right here.

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