Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck Dead at Age 91

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Jazz musician Dave Brubeck plays a keyboard at his induction with 12 other honorees into the 2008 California Hall of Fame at The California Museum on December 15, 2008 in Sacramento, California. On display at the Museum until late 2009 are items from the various inductees such as Jane Fonda's two Oscars and cameras belonging to Dorothea Lange.
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This morning, a day before his 92nd birthday, jazz piano legend Dave Brubeck passed away of heart failure on the way to a cardiology appointment. Winner of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Kennedy Center Honor, Brubeck was a major pioneer in jazz, working with unusual time signatures and tonalities, and is best known for the song "Take Five." The Dave Brubeck Quartet's seminal 1959 album Time Out was the first jazz record to sell over a million copies. He is also credited for helping bring jazz to college campuses and working to integrate jazz clubs in the South.