LOS ANGELES — Dave Brubeck, the jazz pianist, composer and bandleader behind the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet, has died at age 91. Brubeck would have turned 92 Thursday.
According to the AP, Brubeck died of heart failure after being stricken while on the way to a cardiologist’s appointment in Connecticut.
Although he studied zoology at the College of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., Brubeck came to love the music department. While serving in the Army during World War II, Brubeck formed the band the Wolfpack. After the war in the Bay Area he experimented with music groups and styles.
In 1951 he and alto saxophonist Paul Desmond created what would become one of the most popular acts of West Coast jazz, the Dave Brubeck Quartet. The quartet’s most famous song was “Take Five,” from the 1959 release “Time Out.”
During his career, Brubeck also created standards such as “The Duke” and “In Your Own Sweet Way.”