Take Five For Dave Brubeck

Jazz pioneer and mixed-meter proponent Dave Brubeck passed away on December 5, 2012 at the age of 91

Pioneering composer/pianist Dave Brubeck dies

In 1988, he played for Mikhail Gorbachev, at a dinner in Moscow that then-President Ronald Reagan hosted for the Soviet leader.

“I can’t understand Russian, but I can understand body language,” said Brubeck, after seeing the general secretary tapping his foot.