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Brubeck at the Library of Congress

See, kids? If you do something well for, say, more than six decades, the Library of Congress will eventually notice.

On September 30, jazz legend Dave Brubeck and his quartet will launch the Library of Congress’ 2003-2004 Concert Series with a special performance and workshop, including help from bassist Christian McBride, the artistic director of the Brubeck Institute in Stockton, Calif.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium located on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, D.C. No tickets are required for this event, but seating is limited. First come, first serve so don’t be late.

In addition to the performance, the pianist/composer will be presented with the Library of Congress’ “Living Legend” award, which annually honors people who have helped to enrich American culture. At age 82, Brubeck is still an active performer, composer and educating.

Obviously, his reputation precedes him.

Brubeck’s 1960 hit with Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” was the first jazz recording to sell 1 million copies. He has since been honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the International Jazz Hall of Fame. Furthermore, Brubeck remains the chairman of the aforementioned Brubeck Institute.

Speaking of which, the Brubeck Institute’s sextet of young musicians will be featured the following night, October 1, playing with both the Dave Brubeck Quartet and Christian McBride, performing a selection of classic jazz standards and Brubeck compositions. Do you think they’ll play “Take Five”?

All Library of Congress concerts and other public programs are presented free of charge but require tickets for admission. Tickets are distributed by Ticketmaster at (301) 808-6900, (410) 752-1200 or, for out-of-state residents, (800) 551-7328.

Here are the other performers from the Library of Congress’ Jazz series.

Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio

Friday, October 17 at 8 p.m.

Coolidge Auditorium

Chano Dominguez Septet

Saturday, November 8 at 8 p.m.

Coolidge Auditorium

Jimmy Scott and the Jazz Expressions

Wednesday, March 10 at 8 p.m.

Coolidge Auditorium

Meredith D’Ambrosio

Wednesday, March 31 at 8 p.m.

Coolidge Auditorium

Shirley Horn

Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m.

Coolidge Auditorium

Dave Holland Quintet

Friday, May 14 at 8 p.m.

Coolidge Auditorium

For more info, go to www.loc.gov/rr/perform/concert.

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