Profile America -- Monday, December 6th. One of America's most innovative jazz musicians–pianist, Dave Brubeck, celebrates his 90th birthday today. Serving with Patton's 3rd Army in World War II, he formed a band to entertain troops. In the 1950s and 60s, his small groups became immensely popular with such numbers as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo Ala Turk," which featured unorthodox time signatures such as 7/4 time. Still active at his advanced age, Brubeck has received many honors, among them the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and being chosen as one of the Kennedy Center honorees. Nearly 8 percent of adult Americans attend a live jazz performance each year. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1201
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