ABOUT THE PARK
Dave Brubeck Park is 8 acres on the north side of Concord Boulevard between Mendocino Drive and Denkinger Road, next to Concord High School.
Jazz pianist and Concord native Dave Brubeck died a day before his 92nd birthday, at the age of 91.
Born in Concord on 6 Dec 1920, Brubeck became a popular jazz musician with pieces like "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke." "Take Five," a composition from his best-selling album "Time Out," has become the standard of jazz and the best-selling jazz song ever.
Concord Mayor Dan Helix knew Brubeck and has fond memories of the musician visiting the city.
"I remember when Dave first performed with his group at the Concord Blvd. Park," Helix said in an email to Concord Patch. "It was fantastic and he spoke about attending Mt. Diablo High School. He knew his teachers' names."
When Brubeck performed his iconic 'Take Five,' the whole audience gave him a standing ovation, recalls Helix, adding that Brubeck also performed at the Concord Pavilion, always to a crowd of abilities.
"He will be with us forever because his music will never die," said Helix.
The City of Concord has re-named the park "Dave Brubeck Memorial Park" on Concord Boulevard as a tribute to the jazz pioneer and his local roots.
Brubeck died of heart failure on Wednesday morning as he was on his way to "a regular treatment with his cardiologist," at Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Conn., according to his long-time manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd and the Chicago Times reported.
Gently installed grass with shade trees covers a large open meadow with a concrete stage elevated above. There are picnic tables and a play area for kids. This park is host to community activities, which include the annual Singing Flag and many vintage car shows.
- Picnic Tables
This amazing landmark in Concord, California is located near some other must-see places of interest:
- Naval Weapons Station
- Baldwin Community Park
- Buchanan Field Airport
- Concord Pavilion
- Concord Skatepark
- Lime Ridge Open Space
- Markham Regional Arboretum
- Newhall Community Park
All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location at 1261 Locust Street in Walnut Creek California! Stop by for a visit anytime!