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Photographer's Note

Yesterday I gave you big band jazz and Count Basie; today, I offer another jazz giant, Dave Brubeck, a pioneer of "Cool Jazz."

Kansas City used to have a free concert series in the summers, often in small parks. Dave Brubeck and his band performed in Brush Creek -- a water course that had been covered in concrete during the days of Tom Pendergast. (The story of corrupt political boss and mobster Tom Pendergast is a fascinating piece of Kansas City history; his "legitimate" business was a concrete contractor, and for many years the Kansas City Airport had the best runways in the world -- always having a concrete project going gave Pendergast a convenient way to dispose of evidence -- and bodies.)

Kansas City has always been a "jazz town," but Brubeck drew only a small crowd that Sunday afternoon. The Rickenbacker bass in the background was being played by his son, Chris. I brought the Nikkormat, loaded with 400 ASA Ektachrome and using a 200mm Soligor lens. From the edge of the stage, it framed him nicely, but wide-open at f/3.5, the depth of field was pretty shallow. I have guessed at the date of this show -- it was during the summer, and was likely 1982 or 1983.

Dave Brubeck passed away last December, one day shy of his 92nd birthday.

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  • Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 90 N: 498] (2182)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1983-06-00
  • Categories: Festivals
  • Camera: Nikkormat FT
  • Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-08-09 7:29
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