Dave Brubeck on the cover of Downbeat

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Dave Brubeck
The Amazing Life and Times of Dave Brubeck
By John McDonough

DownBeat pays tribute to the late pianist and composer, who achieved major stardom in the 1950s and held his headliner rank well into the 21st century. Because longevity alone doesn’t guarantee an audience, this makes him unique in the jazz world. Brubeck—whose 1959 quartet recording Time Out was the first million-selling jazz album—may have been the last jazz musician in the world whom everybody knew and liked.

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