Concord Historical Society Dedicates Dave Brubeck Plaque

Photos: Plaque in honor of Jazz great and family formally dedicated in Saturday morning ceremony.

After rain and a subsequent schedule conflict led to two delays for the Dave Brubeck plaque dedication ceremony, it finally took place downtown Saturday morning. 

Members of the Concord Historical Society took to the sidewalk in front of the former location where the house the Jazz Great was raised in used to stand. 

Today the expended complex of the First Presbyterian Church on Colfax and Salvio Streets occupies the location where the house once stood.

"I had my wedding reception in the house," said society member Kay Massone. 

Massone said before the house was demolished the church used it as a venue for events. "It was lovely," she added.

Lloyd Crenna, the society's president, presented a letter by Brubeck about his life in Concord and formally dedicated the plaque. Take a look at the photos to see what the event was like.

92-year-old Brubeck could not attend the event, since he no longer travels from the East Coast, where he now resides. 

Brubeck in Concord

Brubeck is perhaps the most famous native son of Concord, growing up with a musical family. His mother, Elizabeth Ivey Brubeck, hailed from a pioneering family in Concord — her dad was Henry Ivey, who ran a livery stable in the horse and buggy days.

Elizabeth Ivey Brubeck was well known around town for giving piano lessons across the decades. The house contained a two-story studio with a balcony where many Concordians performed recitals, including the Brubeck family — Dave and two brothers, and his mother, said Kay Massone, secretary of the Concord Historical Society.

Brubeck left town as a teenager when the family moved to Lodi, but has maintained ties over the years. He gained recognition for his music at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. He helped establish Fantasy Records in Berkeley.

As the Dave Brubeck Quartet gained popularity, particularly in campus concerts around the country, Brubeck was featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1954. He achieved the next plateau of stardom when the quartet’s 1959 album, Time Out, went platinum, according to the Wiki website for Brubeck.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Brubeck sometimes returned to Concord in August to perform at the annual Concord Summer Festival, later called the Concord Jazz Festival, at Concord Boulevard Park, which has recently been renamed Dave Brubeck Park.

The festival was organized by a friend of Brubeck, the late Carl Jefferson of Concord, a jazz record producer. “He should be famous, too,” said Crenna.

Kay Massone September 11, 2011 at 04:59 PM
The house was not demolished until the late 1950's.
lloyd crenna September 11, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Thanks to ConcordPatch for covering this important happening. The Concord Historical Society is proud to install plaques at buildings and sites in Concord of historical significance. The Brubeck/Ivey Home qualifies in three ways:it was the home of Henry Ivey, a livery stable owner ; it was the home of Elizabeth Ivey Brubeck, who taught not only her three sons but also generations of Concord's children to be musicians; and it was the home world renown musician and composer, Dave Brubeck, who gave his first public performance in the home's music studio. Lloyd Crenna,President CHS


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