Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dave Brubeck just wishes his mom could see him
now: On Dec. 6, the same day the jazz composer and pianist turns 89, he'll be among the leading artists feted at the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors Gala.

This year's other honorees are singer Bruce Springsteen, actor Robert De Niro, comic genius Mel Brooks and opera singer Grace Bumbry.

Brubeck says Wednesday's announcement would have delighted his mother, a classical pianist who was initially disappointed by her son's interest in jazz but eventually came around to his work.

As usual, the gala will be recorded for broadcast as a two-hour prime-time special on CBS. This year's will air on Dec. 29 at 9 p.m.

The Kennedy Center Honors recognize performing artists for their
contributions to American culture.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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