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