* Purdue Convocations

October 16, 2009

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck to perform at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Dave Brubeck, the legendary composer and pianist celebrated for his groundbreaking approach to jazz, will perform at Purdue with the Dave Brubeck Quartet at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 in Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse.

The concert is presented by Purdue Convocations in celebration of the golden anniversary of the release of "Time Out," one of the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s most iconic recordings.

The event includes a pre-show discussion by Don Seybold, jazz expert and former associate director of Convocations, who will discuss Brubeck’s historical importance in the jazz canon. The talk will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in Stewart Center Room 214B.

With a career that spans over six decades, Dave Brubeck was designated a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and continues to be one of the most active and popular musicians in both the jazz and classical worlds. His experiments in odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, polyrhythm and polytonality remain hallmarks of innovation.

In 1958, Brubeck, along with drummer Joe Morello, double bassist Eugene Wright, and alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, captured the world’s attention with the landmark album "Time Out," which featured the now famous time signature explorations “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk.” The album quickly became an overwhelming success. "Time Out" was the first jazz album to sell more than 1 million copies as it rocketed to the No. 2 spot on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart.

Since that time, Brubeck has toured the world extensively, produced an extraordinary body of noted jazz recordings, and devoted himself to composition within both jazz and classical idioms.

Today, at 88, Brubeck maintains an active concert and festival schedule with his current quartet featuring Bobby Militello, alto sax; Michael Moore, bass; and Randy Jones, drums.

Tickets are $35-85 for adults and $25-45 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster outlets.  Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more can be ordered at 765-496-1977.

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 30 to 40 performances of widely varying genres: Broadway-style shows, theater, dance, children's theater, world music, jazz, and chamber music, along with rock, pop, country and comedy attractions. With a vision for connecting artists and audiences in artistic dialogue and for drawing in academic discourse, Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media.

Source: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-5045,

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