Tomorrow night, The Wilton Historical Society will have the opening night of their Dave Brubeck exhibition. It will commemorate Dave Brubeck's illustrious 70-year career as one of America’s most significant post-swing era jazz musicians, as well as materials that speak to Dave’s life in Wilton.
Speaking with Allison Sanders, Co-Director of The Wilton Historical Society, I got a chance to learn more about this exciting event. The exhibition features photos from many aspects of Dave Brubeck's life, from performing to composing, being a "Jazz Ambassador" for the United States in Europe; his commitment to Civil Rights, and more . There are some never before seen family photos and material from the permanent collection of the Wilton Historical Society that has not been exhibited before. They even have Dave Brubeck's dad's western saddle and Dave's cowboy hat!
You can also find on display a series of images by Larry Lederman, who photographed the Brubeck's home in Wilton. Their home is an architecturally significant mid-century modern building.
The exhibit will also feature a 38 minute long film. It will show rare footage of Dave, his dad, and other family members on horseback on the ranch. Other highlights include Dave performing with his quartet; some home movies; Dave in a couple of interviews (one with Walter Cronkite); and clips from the Kennedy Center honors concert.
This is a not to be missed exhibit for Jazz and Dave Brubeck lovers. Be sure to check out the exhibit opening tomorrow at 4pm and running till April 18th.