The Newport Jazz Festival celebrated 60 years in grand style
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I’ll freely admit that the first time that I saw Dave Brubeck, I really had no idea what a treat I was in for. Out of all of the music that my dad had shared with me, it was the stuff like Dave Brubeck’s music that really dominated his daily musical listening, and it was this music that he was truly passionate about (and since he’s still very much alive, I should point out that it is still Brubeck’s music that drives the bus on Dad’s stereo system). While Dad had made specific efforts to introduce me to certain groups and artists, Brubeck’s music was something that he probably tried to share with me a couple of times, and being all about the rock, it’s fair to guess that I probably didn’t pay much attention. I wasn’t much into his normal listening material, whether it was Brubeck or spaciously majestic pipe organ recordings that I perceived to be “jurassic stuff.” Yet it was Dave Brubeck’s music that subtly made an impression on me, with a …