Born in Concord, California, on December 6, 1920, Dave Brubeck worked as a jazz pianist before co-founding the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951. His use of unconventional meters contributed to his huge appeal. Some of his most popular compositions include "Blue Rondo a la Turk," "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke." The song "Take Five," composed by Brubeck's longtime partner, saxophonist Paul Desmond, was the first jazz instrumental to sell more than a million copies. Brubeck died on December 5, 2012, at age 91.
After the Dave Brubeck Octet disbanded in 1949, Brubeck founded the Dave Brubeck Trio. The group quickly earned popularity in the San Francisco area, and later reformed and then expanded into a quartet—Paul Desmond became the fourth member of the group, spurring the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Playing together for more than a decade, the quartet included a range of members over the years; Desmond and Brubeck were the only members to perform on all of the group's albums, which include Dave Brubeck Quartet, Jazz at the Black Hawk, Jazz at Oberlin, Jazz at the College of the Pacific and Jazz Goes to College.
Dan Desmond was born on July 4, 1944 in Racine, Wisconsin, USA
Desmond even penned their biggest hit, "Take Five."He was born Paul Emil Breitenfeld but changed his name because he felt it wasn't suited to a musician.