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Cavalconte: Dave Brubeck Brought ‘Real Stardom’ to Jazz Scene

Dave Brubeck was composer and pianist, but that barely scratches the surface of his illustrious career. Brubeck passed away yesterday in a Norwalk, Connecticut hospital. He was one day shy of turning 92.

Jazz and Brubeck were one and the same. He spanned the entire jazz scene in America after World War II. He formed the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951. By 1954, Brubeck reached a historic milestone when he was chosen as the first modern jazz musician to grace the cover of Time magazine.

If Time was Brubeck’s “arrival,” his popularity reached its zenith with the seminal album Time Out in 1959. It marked the first jazz LP to crack 1 million in sales.

The album includes Brubeck’s signature piece Take Five, which also became the quartet’s theme.

Paul Cavalconte played Take Five and other Brubeck riffs during his stint at WQCD.

“Take Five” was the most covered original jazz title on CD 101.9,” Cavalconte tells FishbowlNY. “I think we played about five or six versions, counting the original.”

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Famed Blues Singer Etta James Succumbs to Cancer

Songstress Etta James, wh0 became known for her signature ballad At Last, died this morning after a long battle with leukemia. She was 73.

Paul Cavalconte, a longtime New York air personality, including at the defunct Smooth Jazz station WQCD, has fond memories of the legendary artist.

“What strikes me is how Etta had this incredibly rich and varied career, with deep R&B roots, but she is best known for a record that totally misrepresents her–as with Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World,”  Cavalconte, currently heard on FM News WEMP, tells FishbowlNY. “That said, both records are pop masterpieces, and her At Last has gained this other life through use in movies, commercials and such.”

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