Updated: Feb 4, 2020
With a career that spanned over six decades, Dave Brubeck was designated a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. He was know for interweaving jazz and classical music. Most of his compositions have become jazz standards. President Barack Obama once stated, “In order to understand America, you have to understand jazz, and in order to understand jazz, you have to understand Dave Brubeck.”
When the the Brubeck family announced they would end relationship's with the University of the Pacific, many wondered where Brubeck’s collection would be housed. It has been revealed that it will now reside at Wilton Library in Brubeck’s home town.
In a press release, Elaine Tai-Lauria, executive director of Wilton Library, said, “We are thrilled to be welcoming this prestigious archival collection into Wilton Library. The Brubeck Family and the library have had such a wonderful, long-standing relationship, that it is fitting all this important documentation be housed here. The library also is the home of the Wilton History Room, so the synergy is perfect for the collection to reside here.”
The press release goes on to say, the collection will be available for research by appointment, as well as an online presence for digital research. The room will have a study desk/listening station, digital recordings, and all the catalogued materials, which include thousands of albums, manuscripts/notes, and photographs.
In other Brubeck news, the Wilton Historical Society, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the jazz legend, will present Remembering Dave: A Brubeck Family Album. Opening Friday, February 21, 2020, the exhibit will run through April 18, 2020.