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Former New York Yankee Bernie Williams will take his talents from centerfield to center stage when he performs as a special guest during jazz legend Dave Brubeck’s 92nd Birthday Bash at the Palace Theater in Waterbury on Thursday, December 6, at 7:30pm. The beloved baseball player is headlining on guitar with famed Billy Joel saxophonist Richie Cannata and a nine piece all-star band featuring players from New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut, who will all be on hand to perform a jazz concert in honor of Brubeck’s birthday. Dave Brubeck, designated a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, continues to be one of the most active and popular musicians in both the jazz and classical worlds. With a career that spans over six decades, his experiments in odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, and polyrhythm remain hallmarks of innovation. Thursday night’s concert is being presented by the non-profit organization Jazz'd 4 Life as a “thank you” to Brubeck, who did so much for the charity since its inception five years ago. Following the concert, Jazz'd 4 Life will host a performer meet-and-greet and cake and champagne reception in the theater’s Poli Club. Admission is $50 with the purchase of a ticket and proceeds benefit Jazz'd 4 Life’s latest charity project to purchase land for a hospital in Haiti. Tickets for Brubeck’s 92nd Birthday Bash start at $35 and can be purchased online at www.palacetheaterct.org, by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main Street in Waterbury.