Additional Interviews With Dave Brubeck
Brubeck talked about his most famous song, “Take Five,” on NPR’s “All Things Considered” in June 2009, the 50th anniversary of the song’s release.
In a 2001 interview with Walter Cronkite, Brubeck discussed his time in the Army during World War II. He arrived in Europe in 1944 and was assigned to Gen. George Patton’s Third Army, which was about to engage in the Battle of the Bulge. During a Red Cross show the night before the Army left camp, Brubeck volunteered to play piano; the next morning, a colonel ordered Brubeck to remain in camp and form a band to entertain wounded troops. For the remainder of the war, Brubeck led a jazz band called “The Wolfpack,” one of the first racially integrated divisions of the U.S. Army.
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