[JPL] Eastwood on Brubeck

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Wed Mar 14 22:33:03 EDT 2007

Eastwood combines passions - jazz and film

NEW YORK: Clint Eastwood is combining two of his passions, jazz and film, 
by taking a lead role in producing a new documentary about US jazz pianist 
and composer Dave Brubeck.

Eastwood also will chair a new honorary board set up to preserve and 
continue the legacy of Brubeck, 86, according to the Brubeck Institute at 
the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Other members on the board include trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, 
film director George Lucas, recording artist Al Jarreau, record producer 
Quincy Jones, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

"Dave Brubeck is an American legend," said Eastwood, himself a jazz pianist 
and composer, in a statement released by the University of the Pacific. "He 
is an American original who continues to make significant contributions to 
music, introduced a whole new generation to the world of jazz, and 
continues to explore the international language of music."

The documentary, to be directed and produced by Bruce Ricker, is 
tentatively titled Dave Brubeck - In His Own Sweet Way, and will track 
Brubeck's career to his latest work, the jazz opera Cannery Row Suite, 
which made its premiere at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2006.

Eastwood and Ricker, whose previous film credits include the Thelonious 
Monk, Straight No Chaser and The Last of the Blue Devils, also are making a 
documentary about Tony Bennett titled The Music Never Ends.

In 1988 Eastwood directed a film about the troubled life and career of jazz 
musician Charlie Parker called Bird, and recently he composed the music for 
his films Flags of Our Fathers and Mystic River.

Eastwood has served as the honorary chairman of the Brubeck Institute since 
its inception in 2000 and is a member of the board of directors for the 
Monterey Jazz Festival.

The Brubeck Institute was established after the donation of an extensive 
collection of Brubeck's materials to the University of the Pacific's 
library for research and archival purposes and now offers various jazz 
educational programs.


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