WILTON — The Brubecks and Wilton have had a very special relationship for more than half a century. Family ties brought the Brubecks here as Dave’s rapidly rising career with recording contracts in New York City and performances all over the then-more-heavily-populated eastern U.S. and in Europe meant either continuing long absences from his family or a move eastward from his California ranching roots.
Dave’s eldest son Darius was the kick-off speaker two weeks ago for the Wilton Library and Wilton Historical Society’s annual American history series, this year on the history of jazz. Darius offered many interesting observations on his father’s life from earliest times onward in a broad national and international context. He and his brothers had played at the library the previous weekend in a performance that coincided with the Brubeck family’s donation of Dave’s collected works to the library, transforming our town into a destination location for study of the history of jazz.