The music world has lost two of the greats this month.
Legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck died on December 5, just one day shy of his 92nd birthday. Brubeck was best known for Take Five, along with his West Coast cool jazz style. Visit his website at http://www.davebrubeck.com for bios, photos, and recordings and lots of great information.
Also, famed sitar virtuoso Ravi Shakar died on December 11, also at age 92. He traveled to the United States in the 1960s and played for American audiences, which sparked interest in Indian classical music. George Harrison was so impressed with the sound, he decided to use the sound in some of the Beatles’ recordings, which set off a trend of “raga rock.” Among those who adopted the style: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Moody Blues, The Doors, The Chemical Brothers, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Visit his website at http://www.ravishankar.org/