Brubeck Lives On.

One hundred years ago he was born

And for over sixty years I have known him,

Known him through his music.

A man who brought jazz into my life,

Opened my life into a world.

A world of cool and bebop,

Of trad and modern.

So many styles

That started with that one tune,

Take Five played on the gramophone.

One of the many records

Played by my father.

Then came the day I saw him,

Saw him play.

This little wizened old man

Creeping slowly to his piano,

And the first notes were played

A web came out from those notes

That surrounded the audience

And pulled us into his music,

An evening I will never forget,

As the man that brought me into jazz

Played to me,

Taking me into his life.

A man I will never forget

And will forever play.

Brubeck lives on,

Lives on in my life.


Dave Brubeck:   Born December 6, 1920 – Died December 5, 2012


  • Trenz Pruca

    Good Poem.
    I love Brubeck.

    • Goldfinch60

      Thanks Trenz.


    • orchidee

      Good write Gold.
      How old are WE, us two, exactly?! Does anyone know?

      • Goldfinch60

        Age is just a number, I lost track at 31, 376,409 years.


        • orchidee

          Did we have any extra seconds in any of those years, like we had once, fairly recently? And if so, did we spend the extra second all at once?!

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        • Fay Slimm.

          What a talent and what an unforgettable sound Brubeck made in his day - so pleased dear Andy that you actually saw his performance - his music is will truly live on.

          • Goldfinch60

            Thank you Fay, he was (and is) wonderful.


          • Doggerel Dave

            Great epitaph to a worthy artist, Andy.

            Regards Dave

            • Goldfinch60

              Thank you Dave, he certainly was a great jazzer.


            • Robert Haigh

              I like a bit of Brubeck. I have a 3-disc CD of his. The whole quartet were men of real musical talent. Nice tribute.

              • Goldfinch60

                Thank you Robert, they certainly were and his sons are the same, I have seen them as well.


              • dusk arising

                Nice music whilst i read your tribute. Of course i float away on the lyrical playing of paul desmond.

                • Goldfinch60

                  Of course you would float away with Paul , he was a great saxophonist. You must have heard Jazz at Oberlin where Brubeck and Desmond had an argument before playing, they continued it in stage in their playing.


                • L. B. Mek

                  sadly this music is new to me, but enjoyed the clip,
                  may he rest in peace

                  • Goldfinch60

                    He is/ was a great jazzer Mek.


                  • Michael Edwards

                    And long may his music endure.

                    • Goldfinch60

                      It will always be there Michael.


                    • Maxine Smith

                      A wonderful tribute Andy.

                      • Goldfinch60

                        Thank you Maxine, he was a great jazzer and will always be remembered.


                      • ANGELA & BRIAN

                        Good Evening Uncle ANDY - ANGELA here - Love Jazz Piano in general & Brubeck in particular. Difficult Genre to master I always need a bit of percussion to do justice to it. Brian has an electronic drum kit. Love your tribute to DB very moving. Brian & I se a new dimension when you see Performers in the Flesh. We live quite close to London. Thanks for sharing we need more Music on MPS - We feature Simon & Garfunkel today. Please visit 2020 .............. Thanks A & B

                        Blessings & Peace to YOU & YOURS
                        Love Angela Brian & Smokey ! ! !

                      • Neville

                        How amazing is that .... pretty darn amazing in all respects... respect ..

                        • Goldfinch60

                          Thank you Neville, much appreciated.


                        • RDS

                          Nice tribute Andy, never saw a wizened old Brubeck step up to his piano but been amazed by the sound made by a similarly wizened Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown.

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