Today’s icons is the great jazz pianist and composer, Dave Brubeck. Even if you’re not a jazz fan, you still must’ve heard the famous “Take Five” (written by Dave’s long time musical partner, Paul Desmond for the Dave Brubeck Quartet) – at least in a remix if not the original version.

Brubeck did not originally intend to become a musician, but took lessons from his mother, who wanted to become a concert pianist and taught piano for extra cash.

Although not necessarily known as a sartorial inspiration, Dave Brubeck was definitely a man of style and you can see him sport some really cool outfits in photographs. (such as the one below)

Dave Brubeck / Icons by Silviu Tolu
By Verhoeff, Bert / Anefo [CC BY-SA 3.0 nl (], via Wikimedia Commons
In a quote that can be applied to pretty much any creative endeavor, he says:

“There’s a way of playing safe, there’s a way of using tricks and there’s the way I like to play which is dangerously where you’re going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven’t created before.”

Dave Brubeck

Brubeck, born in 1920, is considered to be one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz and was a very successful musician, with a career spanning over six decades (almost as long as his marriage to Iola Brubeck, which lasted 70 years!).

Dave Brubeck // Icons by Silviu Tolu
FILE – This 1956 file photo shows American composer, pianist and jazz musician Dave Brubeck. (AP Photo, file)

“What I want to happen is to be really creative, and to play something new in the improvisations, every time. “

Dave Brubeck / Icons by Silviu Tolu
The Dave Brubeck Quarted in Los Angeles

“Jazz stands for freedom. It’s supposed to be the voice of freedom: Get out there and improvise, and take chances, and don’t be a perfectionist – leave that to the classical musicians.”

“We don’t know the power that’s within our own bodies. “

Dave Brubeck/ Icons by Silviu Tolu
Dave Brubeck Quartet, 1956 by Marvin Koner

The video below is a live version of one of my DB Quartet’s favorite songs, Blue Rondo à la Turk:

And of course, the very famous, Take Five:

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