Brian Baer/Bee file, 2008

The year 2012 witnessed the passing of many influential authors, actors, musicians, directors, dancers and others who contributed greatly to our region's vibrant arts scene. They challenged and changed us with their words, melodies, movements and visions. But mostly, they entertained and inspired. Some were born here, others arrived later in life, but each left a legacy. Here, Bee critics and reporters remember a few whose work affected them both professionally and personally.

Dave Brubeck, the legendary jazz pianist, composer and bandleader perhaps known best for his seminal piece "Take Five," died Dec. 5 from heart failure. He was 91.

Read the obituary here.

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