1. R.I.P.

    Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck Dies

    WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 06: Dave Brubeck speaks with reporters on the red carpet before the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors at Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dave Brubeck

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    Legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck died Wednesday morning at age 91. “For as long as I’ve been playing jazz, people have been trying to pigeonhole me,” Brubeck once said. “Frankly, labels bore me.” There are, however, some impressive labels that define his career. He’s a Kennedy Center Honors recipient. He received the National Medal of Arts and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His recordings of “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo à la Turk” crossed over to the pop world, he brought jazz into the academic world, and he was among the first to play in black jazz clubs in the deep South in the ’50s. He was one day short of his 92nd birthday.

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