Dave Brubeck was recently honored at Veritas’ Annual Evening with Friends of Charlie Parker on October 7 in New York. This event brings together the most respected names in music to celebrate the memory of Charlie “Bird” Parker. The event was the inspiration of the late Doris Parker, and fellow Veritas Foundation members the late Max Roach, the late Milt Jackson and their friend the late Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Heath and Congressman Charles B. Rangel. The proceeds of the event support the important treatment and prevention programs of Veritas.
Brubeck will receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, on October 18, and will also be inducted into the California Museum’s California Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be at the California Museum, and Brubeck will receive his Hall of Fame Award on December 15.
These honors will be added to Brubeck’s already formidable list of accomplishments. Brubeck is a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University and holds honorary degrees from American, Canadian, English and German universities, including an Honorary Doctorate in Sacred Theology from Fribourg University, Switzerland, and the prestigious Laetare Award from Notre Dame. His alma mater, the University of the Pacific, presented him with the President’s Medal and established in his honor the Brubeck Institute to preserve and perpetuate his musical legacy.