REFILE-FACTBOX-Facts about jazz pianist Dave Brubeck

Reuters Middle East

(Corrects phrase in first paragraph to "jazz pianist" from

"Jazz Pianist")

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Following are some facts about jazz

pianist Dave Brubeck, who died on Wednesday at the age of 91.

* Brubeck grew up in California wanting to be a rancher like

his father and planned to be a veterinarian when he entered the

College of the Pacific in Stockton. After a year, however, he

switched his field of study to music.

* Brubeck was shipped to France during World War Two as an

Army rifleman but, after a colonel heard him play piano, ended

up in a band that performed for troops. He told Time magazine

the band once unknowingly drove behind enemy lines during the

Battle of the Bulge.

* "Take Five," the Dave Brubeck Quartet's signature song

from the landmark album "Time Out," was written by saxophonist

Paul Desmond. It became one of the top-selling jazz songs of all

time, and was also a hit on the pop music charts.

* Many of Brubeck's compositions had religious themes. He

was born into a Presbyterian family but converted to Catholicism

later in life.

* Brubeck studied under noted French composer Darius Milhaud

at Mills College in Oakland, California. Burt Bacharach and

Philip Glass also were Milhaud students.

(Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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