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Remembering jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck




Dave Brubeck poses for photos on the red carpet before the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors at Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC.
Dave Brubeck poses for photos on the red carpet before the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors at Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC.
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Dave Brubeck poses for photos on the red carpet before the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors at Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet at Congress Hall Frankfurt/Main in 1967. From left to right: Joe Morello, Eugene Wright, Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond.
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Dave Brubeck poses for photos on the red carpet before the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors at Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC.
84-year-old US jazz legend Dave Brubeck (L) performs along with his Dave Brubeck Quartet (L to R) Bobby Millitello, Michael Moore and Randy Jones, 16 November 2005 at the Schauspielhaus theater in the southern city of Nuremberg, where he served as a GI during WWII. Nuremberg began a week of commemorations marking the 60th anniversary of the groundbreaking trials of top Nazis at the end of World War II.
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Dave Brubeck poses for photos on the red carpet before the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors at Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC.
NEW YORK - JULY 21: Musician Dave Brubek performs at the Apple Store Soho on July 21, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dave Brubek
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Dave Brubeck poses for photos on the red carpet before the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors at Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC.
A portrait of Dave Brubeck (L) and Paul Desmond (R), October 1954.
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Dave Brubeck poses for photos on the red carpet before the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors at Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC.
A portrait of Dave Brubeck in 1972.
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Dave Brubeck, the legendary composer and jazz pianist died today, after suffering heart failure on his way to a cardiologist appointment. Tomorrow would have been his 92nd birthday.

His career dates back to the 1950s, his "West Coast cool" sound helped change the face of jazz in America. In 1959 his quartet released the seminal work "Time Out."

We asked our friends on Facebook to tell us their favorite Dave Brubeck songs. Here are some of their choices, and feel free to tell us yours in the comments!

It was the first jazz album to sell a million copies and is considered one the greatest jazz albums of all time.

Tim Jackson, artistic director of the Monterey Jazz Festival, joins the show to talk about Dave Brubeck's music and his career.