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Clint Eastwood Produces Documentary About Dave Brubeck

Jazz fanatic and esteemed actor-director Clint Eastwood announced plans on Wednesday to executive produce a documentary on legendary pianist Dave Brubeck. Tentatively titled Dave Brubeck-In His Own Sweet Way, the film will be directed by Bruce Ricker, whose previous credits include The Last of the Blue Devils (a documentary on early Kansas City jazz) and Jim Hall: A Life in Progress; Ricker also produced Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser.

The documentary will trace the development of Brubeck’s latest work, Cannery Row Suite, from its initial commission by the Monterey Jazz Festival to its premiere there in 2006, interspersed by significant moments in Brubeck’s career, from his graduation at the University of the Pacific in 1942 and his earliest musical experiences on a Central California cattle ranch to the inception and success of the Dave Brubeck Quartet to his outspokenness against racial inequality.

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