Dave Brubeck Celebrates 90th Birthday As Special Guest with Wynton Marsalis Quintet at CareFusion Ne
Dave Brubeck has been thrilling fans in Newport for more than half his life, and George Wein is proud to announce that the legendary pianist is returning to the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival to celebrate his 90th birthday as a special guest with his friend Wynton Marsalis on Sunday, August 8.
Making a unique appearance with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Brubeck comes to Newport fresh from a performance at the Litchfield Jazz Festival, where the festival’s 15th anniversary is dedicated in his honor.
“I am pleased to welcome Dave back to Newport once again. He performed at the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954, at our 50th anniversary in 2004, last year when CareFusion took over sponsorship and many years in between,” said Wein. “The atmosphere of love that Dave Brubeck generates completely fills the beautiful harbor, and like last year’s festival surprise when Dave played a tune with Tony Bennett, a memorable piece of musical history will be made.”
Dave Brubeck, designated a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, continues to be one of the most active and popular musicians in both the jazz and classical worlds. With a career that spans over six decades, his experiments in odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, polyrhythm and polytonality remain hallmarks of innovation. He celebrates his 90th birthday on December 6, 2010.