WASHINGTON (March 20, 2001) --Jazz musician Dave Brubeck will perform sections of his Mass, To Hope, as part of an Easter Sunday Mass to air on ABC-TV stations April 15.
Brubeck's selection are part of Easter 2001: A Celebration with Dave Brubeck (Check local listings for time.)
The hour-long liturgical special, which is produced by Oblate Media for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC), features the jazz legend performing selections from his 1979 composition. He will be accompanied by two cantors who will sing additional selections.
Taped on location at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in San Jose, California, Easter 2001: A Celebration with Dave Brubeck expresses the joy inspired by Christ's Resurrection through a blend of jazz and classical music, sacred text, and Brubeck's signature use of complex rhythms and polytonality. These sounds will be complemented with a mosaic of images from Holy Week ceremonies in parishes in St. Louis, San Jose, and Washington.
Easter 2001: A Celebration with Dave Brubeck reunites the jazz pianist with producer Ed Murray, the producer of the 2001 Easter special and the man who originally commissioned To Hope on behalf of the national Catholic newspaper, Our Sunday Visitor.
"With the combination of Dave Brubeck's incredible music and moving Holy Week observances taped in several beautiful Churches, Easter 2001: A Celebration with Dave Brubeck promises to be a jubilant and sacred experience for viewers nationwide," said CCC Executive Producer Ellen McCloskey.
The live broadcast feed will be on Easter Sunday morning, April 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET, 8:30 a.m., CT, 7:30 a.m. MT and 9:00 a.m. PT. CCC will post broadcast air times on its website (http://ww.nccbuscc/ccc) as they become available. Viewers also can call their local ABC-TV affiliates to ask about their plans to air the program.
Brubeck is equally distinguished as composer and pianist. After studies at the College of the Pacific and at Mills College, he and fellow students founded the experimental Jazz Workshop Ensemble which recorded in 1949 as the Dave Brubeck Octet. Later, in 1958, the combination of Brubeck with drummer Joe Morello, double bassist Eugene Wright, and alto saxophonist Paul Desmond quickly achieved an overwhelming popular success as the Dave Brubeck Quartet. The Quartet's experimentation with time signatures unusual to jazz produced works like Blue Rondo a la Turk and Take Five, introducing millions of enthusiastic young listeners to unexplored regions of jazz. The group recorded and performed together continuously through 1967.
In addition to the Mass, Brubeck has written and, in some cases, recorded, several large-scale works including two ballets, a musical, an oratorio, four cantatas, works for jazz combo and orchestra, and many solo piano pieces. Brubeck performed at the White House in 1964 and 1981 and at the 1988 Moscow summit honoring the Gorbachevs. He is the recipient of four honorary degrees, the BMI Jazz Pioneer Award, and the 1988 American Eagle Award presented by the National Music Council.