Brubeck’s “Take Five” to be Named Concord’s “Most Treasured Song”

February 27, 2014 8:00 am · 19 comments

On Tuesday, March 11, the Concord City Council will consider adopting Concord native son and late jazz legend Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” as the City’s ‘most treasured song.’ The acclaimed Concord High School Minutemen Jazz Band, under the direction of Gary Coartney, will present a half-hour performance in the courtyard in front of the City Council Chamber at 6 p.m., concluding with “Take Five.” The City Council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Brubeck was born in Concord in 1920. The city renamed Concord Boulevard Neighborhood Park for Brubeck in 2006. The Concord Jazz Festival was held in the park in the early 1970s, attracting many world-famous jazz performers of the day including Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Pearl Bailey, Peter Nero, George Shearing, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Brubeck’s participation in the early years of the festival contributed to the impetus for building the Concord Pavilion, which opened in 1975. Brubeck was the first jazz musician to be featured on the cover of Time magazine and performed at the White House and in concerts all over the world. He passed away on December 5, 2012 in Norwalk, Connecticut, one day before his 92nd birthday.

Anonymous February 27, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Woke up this morning wondering if Concord woul ever have a most treasured song. Now I know we have one. Im ever so happy.

Dorothy February 27, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Good choice, love that one.

Mimi (original) February 27, 2014 at 8:31 AM

AWESOME!! I saw Brubeck in concert at UCLA when I was there in the 70’s and fell in love with his music. Then I moved to Concord and discovered he was our native son! Fantastic!

Guess there is not much February 27, 2014 at 8:36 AM

going on with the City these days.

Fred February 27, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Time to dig out that CD and give it another play.

Fred February 27, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Oh and I wanted to post this interesting version

Futurama February 27, 2014 at 9:24 AM


concord grape February 27, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Fred, broke out all of my 33;s when Dave passed.

Love My City! February 27, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Always been a favorite…very good choice for our city!

RunnerDope February 27, 2014 at 10:04 AM


That’s hilarious.

WTF? February 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Seriously? This is how they are wasting their time and our money?

nytemuvr February 27, 2014 at 10:46 AM

@Fred #6
That is killer….We played that so many times in the stage band at Concord High in ’70/’71, kinda boring if you played trumpet. Will never forget Mr. Durflinger trying to teach and keep us in 5/4 time. Dave came to school a couple of times to sit-in with the stage band. Fred was the guy that played that alto sax in stage band, you wouldn’t be the same Fred B?
Here’s AC/DCs “Thunderstruck” on cello…

nytemuvr February 27, 2014 at 10:55 AM

@WTF? #12
How’s that “wasting their time and our money?” Who’s wasting who’s time, spending money how?

Kirkwood February 27, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Interesting arrangement, I like it. I’ve never seen an electric sitar before.
It made me think of the instrument sounds of other cultures that are different from western sounds. In this case the intentional buzz of the sympathetic strings on a sitar that would mean a trip to a luthier* for other fretted instrument players.

*A Luthier is a person who builds or repairs stringed instruments.

Rob February 27, 2014 at 11:18 AM

A great pick.

nytemuvr February 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM

I like it at the end when the cellist spins on the floor like Angus Young, rocking his cello and the looks on the people’s faces.

WTF? February 27, 2014 at 2:40 PM


Uh … their salaries? What’s next? The official cheeseburger of Concord?

Atticus Thraxx February 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

I’m not sure what the point of it is either, but at least they picked a cool jam.

Huh? February 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Of course you’re not sure what the point is. You’re a New Yorker, and you didn’t grow in Claycord.

Why are you here?

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