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City Council: Dave Brubeck's 'Take Five' Song Concord's 'Most Treasured Song'

The classic, performed by Brubeck in 1950s is still one of the best-selling jazz singles of all time.

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By Bay City News—

Concord civic leaders tonight will honor one of the city's most renowned native sons, jazz legend Dave Brubeck, by spotlighting his iconic "Take Five."
 
The Concord High School Minutemen jazz band will bring the classic piece to life during a 30-minute concert before tonight's City Council meeting, during which the council is expected to name "Take Five" the city's "most treasured song."
 
The crowd-pleasing piece was composed by Paul Desmond and played for the first time by The Dave Brubeck Quartet in the 1950s. It remains one of the best-selling jazz singles of all time. Brubeck was born and raised in Concord and returned to his hometown many times over the years to perform "Take Five" as well as other pieces.
 
In the 1970s, he played alongside a number of other world-class jazz artists including Oscar Peterson, Pearl Bailey and Ella Fitzgerald in the Concord Jazz Festival. City officials say Brubeck's participation in the festival led to the construction of the Concord Pavilion, which opened in 1975, and helped put Concord on the map as a West Coast jazz destination.
 
Brubeck died in Norwalk, Connecticut on Dec. 5, 2012, a day before his 92nd birthday.

[Related article: Concord Remembers Native Dave Brubeck]

His last visit to Concord was in 2006, when the city renamed the Concord Boulevard Neighborhood Park after him.
 
The designation of his best-known song as the city's "most treasured" is just another way of honoring his legacy, city officials said.
 
"It just puts a mark of recognition on Dave Brubeck more than anything," Concord City Clerk Mary Rae Lehman said. "We're just very respectful of his talents and the contributions he's made as a humanitarian."
 
In 2000, the Brubeck Institute was established at the musician's alma mater, Stockton's University of the Pacific. The institute is meant to honor the legacy of both Dave and his wife Iola Brubeck and their commitment to music, creativity, education and social justice.

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