Paul Desmond – Cause of Death, Age of Death, and Other Facts!

Paul Desmond died at age 52, not too shabby. Check out the death cause, death date, and more facts about the circumstances surrounding saxophonist Paul Desmond's death.

Biography - A Short Wiki

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.

Information about the death of Paul Desmond
Cause of deathLung Cancer
Age of death52 years
BirthdayNovember 25, 1924
Death dateMay 30, 1977
Place of deathManhattan, New York, United States
Place of burialN/A


"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."

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"I was overlooked long before anyone knew who I was."

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"I would also like to thank my father who discouraged me from playing the violin at an early age."

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"Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can't be taught."

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