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SRJO Presents Take Five: Remembering Dave Brubeck

The Dave Brubeck Quartet was one of the primary groups moving jazz from the dance hall to the concert hall in the 50s. The cooler, more intellectual style of music found great success on college campuses and music departments (which previously discouraged it) started adding jazz to the curriculum.

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman recently presented a concert of big-band arrangements of music by Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond and highlights from that concert can be heard in this episode of Jazz Northwest. 

Music includes:

  • In Your Own Sweet Way
  • Three to Get Ready
  • Take Five
  • A Paul Desmond tribute medley featuring all five saxophonists from the SRJO
  • Blue Rondo a la Turk
  • The Duke
  • Theme from Mr.Broadway
  • Plus an encore tribute to the late Frank Wess

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra's next performance will be the 25th annual presentation of Duke Ellington's Sacred Music Concert at Town Hall on December 28.

Jim has been a fixture on Seattle radio since 1961. He was the host of Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International from 1984-2014. Currently Jim has been producing Jazz Northwest for KNKX since 1988. This weekly program focuses on the regional jazz scene and frequently includes performances Jim records on location for Jazz Northwest.