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Dave Brubeck will one of the performers at this year's festival.

HARTFORD, CT - Pioneering jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck has died.

Russell Gloyd, Brubeck's manager, says he died Wednesday morning of heart failure, after being stricken while on his way to a cardiology appointment with his son.

He would have turned 92 on Thursday.

Brubeck went to college in Stockton at what became the University of the Pacific. The Brubeck Institute at UOP teaches jazz to college students during the school year, and high school students during the summer.

He came to Stockton after growing up on a cattle ranch, but with music in his home. His mother was a classical pianist.

"From the cattle ranching side, he had an incredible work ethic and resolve," Brubeck Institute Director Simon Rowe said. "From the classical pianist side, there was exposure to some of the greatest music in the western culture."

The Dave Brubeck Quartet's pieces such as "Take Five" caught listeners' ears with exotic, challenging rhythms and became enduring standards.

In 1954, he was the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine.

The quartet's 1959 album "Time Out" was the first ever million-selling jazz LP. "Take Five," a cut from that album by saxophonist Paul Desmond, became the group's signature theme.

Spotify PLAYLIST: Here are just a few songs by Brubeck

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