DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET WINS 2010 READERS POLL

The December 2010 issue of "DownBeat" magazine contains the results from the 75th Annual Readers Poll, awarding Best Jazz Group for 2010 to The Dave Brubeck Quartet. The first time that Dave's name surfaced in the DownBeat Readers Poll was in 1950, winning for the first time in 1953 as well as wining the Critics Poll the same year. Dav went on to win the Readers Poll in 1954, 1955, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965.

The members of The Dave Brubeck Quartet are Randy Jones (drums) who started with Dave in 1979, Bobby Militello (alto and flute) who first played with Dave in 1983 and became the regular soloist in 1994 and Michael Moore (bass) who started in 2001. It must be noted that for most of the 80's the group consisted of Bill Smith (clarinet) who first played with Dave in 1946 at Mills College and was a founding member of The Dave Brubeck Octet, and son Chris Brubeck (electric bass and bass trombone). Both the current quartet and the quartet from the 80's are featured on the 2 CD Concord release "The Definitive Dave Brubeck". CD #1 features Dave's Fantasy recordings including a 1942 solo piano recording from Dave's student days at the College of the Pacific. CD #2 has four tracks from Concord Jazz, including "Take Five" from Moscow, and four tracks from Telarc, closing with the 2007 studio recording of "Forty Days". In the "Gallery" tab, cick on "The Dave Brubeck Quartet" for a picture of the current group.

In addition to winning the Jazz Group, Dave placed 6th under "Piano" and 3rd under the "Composer" category.

Not bad for someone about ready to celebrate his 90th birthday on December 6.