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2010 Ottawa Jazz Festival Countdown: Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck energizes the keyboard at his 2007 Ottawa Jazz Festival Main Stage performance. photo ©Brett Delmage, 2007Of the jazz artists who have wowed Ottawa crowds over the years, one of the most appreciated was pianist Dave Brubeck.

Brubeck appeared with his quartet at the 2007 Ottawa Jazz Festival. Festival organizers estimated the attendance at 9,700 for that show; the park was packed right to the back. Brubeck gave an energetic performance, notable particularly for his duets with Bobby Militello on alto sax and flute, and received several standing ovations.

Dave  Brubeck with  Bobby Militello on the 2007 Ottawa Jazz Festival Main Stage.  photo  ©Brett Delmage, 2007Brubeck will celebrate his 90th birthday this December, but is still regularly playing concerts and clubs. He's best known as one of the first proponents of the West Coast jazz style in the 1950s, and for his group's use of unusual time signatures and rhythms, both in his and saxophonist Paul Desmond's compositions. In 2006, a mini-opera he composed based on John Steinback's "Cannery Row" was presented at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

He will play with the National Arts Centre Orchestra on Saturday July 3, 2010 at 8 p.m.

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