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Dave Brubeck tribute planned by Westport Arts Center

Published 10:34 am, Thursday, April 3, 2014
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The music of Dave Brubeck, jazz composer and musician and former Wilton resident, will be performed at a tribute concert Sunday, April 6, at the Pequot Library in Fairfield.

Performers in the 3 p. m. concert include bassist Brian Torff, Tim Moran on alto sax, Donn Trenner on piano, and Adam Nussbaum on drums. Torff is artistic director for jazz at the Westport Arts Center, which is presenting the Brubeck tribute.

Brubeck was designated a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress in the fall of 2003. His record "Time Out" was the first jazz album to sell over a million copies. He performed at the White House for eight presidents and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton as well as international awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the London Symphony Orchestra. When he received a Kennedy Center Award in 2009, President Obama said of Brubeck, "You can't understand America without understanding jazz, and you can't understand jazz without understanding Dave Brubeck."

Brubeck lived in Wilton for over 50 years until his death in December 2012 at the age of 92, and he continued to perform until the last years of his life. "Dave Brubeck is loved and admired throughout the world. His music brims with the humanity that jazz conveys in every beat. I am honored to have met him and to play this concert in his memory," Torff said.

Tickets to the concert are $25 for adults, and $10 for students and are available in advance at 203 222-7070 and www.westportartscenter.org, or at the door 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. A limited number of $15 tickets will be available for sale at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave.