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With each passing decade, Dave Brubeck continues to amaze millions of fans across the globe. His quartet performed more than 50 concerts in 2010, and Brubeck still creates new compositions. In 2010, his 90th birthday was celebrated by the release of a new documentary on him, Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way, which was executive-produced by Clint Eastwood.
The documentary takes its name from one of Brubeck's most famous tunes, "In Your Own Sweet Way." Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way was produced and directed by award-winning jazz filmmaker and longtime Eastwood collaborator Bruce Ricker, whose credits include Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends, Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser, The Last of the Blue Devils and TCM's Emmy-nominated Johnny Mercer: The Dream's On Me. In addition to serving as executive producer of the film, Eastwood chairs the Honorary Board of the Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.
Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way tells Brubeck's personal story, including his early musical training; studies with Darius Milhaud, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, featuring Paul Desmond; and the musical revolution caused by his introduction of new time signatures in jazz, such as in the jazz standard "Take Five."
Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way features contemporary interviews, including George Lucas, Sting, Bill Cosby, Jamie Cullum, David Benoit and Yo-Yo Ma. Also included are previously unseen archival footage and photographs; vintage performances from the Newport Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival; and a never-before-seen interview with Dave Brubeck and Walter Cronkite. Finally, here are also interviews filmed for the documentary with Dave and Iola Brubeck, that captures their longtime romance and artistic collaboration.