The Dave Brubeck Quartet

Source:  University Archives Photograph Collection, 55-01-5833

Staff Person:  Kacy Guill

Description:

In the Fall of 1957, the Student Government Association invited the Dave Brubeck Quartet to play at East Carolina College.  By the time the performance occurred in February 1958, Dave Brubeck’s bass player had been replaced by Eugene Wright.  Since he was African American, Eugene Wright was not permitted to play on stage at ECC, but required to perform from off stage.

In response, the Student Government Association petitioned ECC President John Messick for permission to invite any entertainment they chose without consideration of race.  The Board of Trustees granted permission.