When Dave Brubeck went to music school at the College of the Pacific, his inability to read music was found out. A teacher ran to turn him in, the dean hit the roof, and they agreed on the only course of action: to flunk him out. But a bevy of teachers intervened, said STOP! ‘this guy has talent.’
The dean relented on this condition: that Brubeck agree never to teach piano. He did agree, and instead, went on to become something that affected millions vs. hundreds: Dave Brubeck became a jazz icon.
The pianist passed away nearly one month ago, on December 5, 2012, one day short of being 92 years young.