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.