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Brubeck fans get another chance to enjoy all that jazz

Published 5:50 pm, Sunday, June 29, 2014

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  • A crowd of more than 100 jazz fans gathered Saturday to listen to a Dave Brubeck tribute concert at the Unitarian Church. Photo: Mike Lauterborn / Westport News
    A crowd of more than 100 jazz fans gathered Saturday to listen to a Dave Brubeck tribute concert at the Unitarian Church. Photo: Mike Lauterborn

 

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Area fans of jazz great Dave Brubeck got an encore opportunity to enjoy a live concert performed in tribute to his musical legacy Saturday at the Westport Unitarian Church.

Presented by the Westport Arts Center and Y's Men of Westport/Weston, the concert was a followup to a well-received performance in April at the Pequot Library in Fairfield.

Saturday concert featured the talents of pianist Donn Trenner, saxophonist Tim Moran, bassist Brian Torff and drummer Adam Nussbaum.

Asked why Brubeck resonates so strongly with area jazz fans, Ashman noted, "Brubeck was local (he lived in Wilton) and was the Beethoven of his time. He said things in the right way and had a different sound. His music is timeless. His hit `Take Five" is like Beethoven's 5th, it's so recognizable."

"President Obama said, `You can't understand America without understanding jazz' ... and you can't understand jazz if you don't understand Brubeck," according to Torff. "He meant a lot to this community. In Brubeck's heyday, the '50s and '60s, he was one of the biggest acts in America, especially on college campuses."

Coincidentally, Torff will play the Newport Jazz Festival in August and is on the same bill with Brubeck's sons, who pay tribute to their father's legacy through their own performances of his music.