Los Angeles - Dave Brubeck has died at the age of 91.
The renowned jazz musician and composer - whose record Take Five
is currently a big hit in the UK and was the first jazz single to sell a
million copies - passed away in Norwalk, Connecticut, on Wednesday
morning while on his way to a cardiology appointment.
his distinctive sound and his experimental style, Mr. Brubeck was widely
regarded as being one of the jazz music's most accessible and original
According to the New York Times newspaper, Brubeck died just one day before his 92nd birthday on Thursday.
Some of his quartet's biggest hits include You Go to My Head, All the Things You Are and Pennies From Heaven.
In 1999 the National Endowment named Brubeck a Jazz Master for the
Arts. He also received a Kennedy Centre Honour for his contribution to
American culture in 2009.
The accomplished artist continued to work in the music industry until last year despite suffering from heart problems.
He underwent heart surgery and received a pacemaker in October 2010,
but just one mother later he performed at the Blue Note in Manhattan,
Brubeck once explained what jazz meant to him, saying:
"One of the reasons I believe in jazz is that the oneness of man can
come through the rhythm of your heart. It's the same anyplace in the
world, that heartbeat. It's the first thing you hear when you're born -
or before you're born - and it's the last thing you hear."