News Release

May 4, 2006

Mary Rae Lehman, City Clerk (925) 671-3495

Reception honors Concord native son, jazz great Dave Brubeck

The Concord City Council and Senator Tom Torlakson extend an invitation to the community to attend a courtyard reception honoring the world renowned jazz artist and Concord native son Dave Brubeck on Tuesday, May 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Salvio Pacheco Square courtyard in downtown Concord across the street from Todos Santos Plaza.

Dave Brubeck, who was born in Concord on December 6, 1920 and attended Willow Pass Grammar School , is highly revered in the jazz world. He has written a number of pieces that have become jazz standards, is particularly known for his experimental rhythms, and best known for the musical masterpiece “Take Five”.

Brubeck was the first jazz musician to be featured on the cover of Time magazine and has performed at the White House and in concerts all over the world. He is the recipient of four honorary degrees, the BMI Jazz Pioneer Award, and the American Eagle Award presented by the National Music Council.

The University of the Pacific, Brubeck’s alma mater, honored him by establishing the Brubeck Institute, memorializing his lifelong dedication to music, education, and the advancement of important social issues.

Music during the reception on May 16 will be provided by the Concord High School Jazz Combo under the direction of Gary Coartney and by local jazz keyboardist Paul Blackwell.

An exhibit of black and white photographs by Concord photographer Rudolph J. Omania, including rare shots of Dave Brubeck performing at the Concord Jazz Festival with Cal Tjader, George Shearing, Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond, will be on display. Omania will also be exhibiting more than 40 works from his portfolio of jazz legends in performance at the Concord Jazz Festival and various Bay Area venues.

At its meeting onTuesday, May 9, the Concord City Council will consider renaming “Concord Boulevard Neighborhood Park the “Dave Brubeck Park in honor of the many accomplishments jazz artist Brubeck has achieved over the years. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in theCouncil Chambers, 1950 Parkside Drive, Concord Boulevard Neighborhood Park was the birth place of jazz performances in Concord dating back to 1969 with the first Concord Summer Festival, later known as the Concord Jazz Festival. Dave Brubeck’s participation in the early years of the Concord Jazz Festival between 1969 to 1974 contributed to impetus for building the Concord Pavilion (now the Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord).

The proposed naming also commemorates Concord Boulevard Neighborhood Park as the original location of the Concord Jazz Festival. For more information, contact City Clerk Mary Rae Lehman, (925) 671-3495.