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Jazz musician and songwriter who played alto saxophone for the Dave Brubeck Quartet and penned the group’s 1959 hit song “Take Five.” He was a prominent member of the post-World War II “cool jazz” movement.
As a child, he played the violin and the clarinet. He learned to play the alto saxophone during his first year at San Francisco State College.
He served a three-year term in the United States Army.
How did Paul Desmond die?
Paul Desmond's death was caused by Lung Cancer.
|Cause of death||Lung Cancer|
|Age of death||52 years|
|Birthday||November 25, 1924|
|Death date||May 30, 1977|
|Place of death||Manhattan, New York, United States|
|Place of burial||N/A|
"I would also like to thank my father who discouraged me from playing the violin at an early age."Paul Desmond
"We used to get on planes, and they'd ask who we were, and we'd say, 'The Dave Brubeck Quartet', and they'd say, 'Who?' In later years they'd say, 'Oh', which amounts to the same thing."Paul Desmond
"I was overlooked long before anyone knew who I was."Paul Desmond
"Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can't be taught."Paul Desmond