Paying it forward

Upon his death in 1977, jazz composer Paul Desmond left the rights to royalties for his performances and compositions, including “Take Five”, to the American Red Cross, which has since received combined royalties of approximately $100,000 per year.

Desmond was an American jazz alto saxophonist and composer, best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet for composing that group’s biggest hit, ‘Take Five’”. He was one of the most popular musicians to come out of the cool jazz scene.