Dave Brubeck enjoyed an accomplished career as a composer and performer for more than six decades. Though best known as a jazz musician, his training and body of work encompassed far more. This oral history, in which he is joined by his wife Iola Brubeck, focuses on The Gates of Justice, an oratorio they composed in 1969 on commission from the United American Hebrew Congregations. But it also encompasses other key periods of Brubeck’s life: growing up on a ranch in rural California, his studies and lifelong relationship with Darius Milhaud, world travels as a "jazz ambassador," and experiences confronting racial segregation in the American South. Interview by Eugenia Zukerman. Milken Archive oral history. Watch more Brubeck videos»

Date: September 23, 2003

Credit: Milken Family Foundation


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