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Bob Brookmeyer

Bob Brookmeyer has an unusually varied and extensive background in all forms of improvised and composed music. He was born December 19, 1929, attended Kansas City Conservatory of Music where he won the Carl Busch Prize for Choral Composition. He arrived in New York playing piano with Mel Lewis and Tex Benecke, staying there to perform the music of Eddie Sauter with Ray McKinley, free lancing with musicians such as Coleman Hawkins, PeeWee Russell, Ben Webster, Charles Mingus and Teddy Charles. After a brief stay with Claude Thornhill, he joined Stan Getz and maintained that association for 15 years. Leaving Stan Getz in 1954 he joined Gerry Mulligan, replacing Chet Baker, producing the Paris Concerts and beginning a partnership that lasted until Mulligan's death. Among his prime achievements was the creation of the Concert Jazz Band. In 1958, he spent a year with Jimmy Guiffre Three, including Jim Hall, which turned out to be the first group to employ regular free improvisation as a staple of the concert fare. Along the way, he made a two piano album with Bill Evans, played on George Russell's New York, New York, and became a regular in the studio musicians “A” group. The Quintet with Clark Terry began in 1961 to great success and continues to this day. The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis band once again found him as a key member and contributing composer/arranger. Also in 1979 he and Jim Hall played as a duo exclusively for one year, garnering critical acclaim.

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”Only a few of the acknowledged giants of orchestral writing still toil in the recording studio, and Brookmeyer stands among the best of them.” — LOS ANGELES TIMES — Howard Reich

“When the entire audience stood and responded with people cheering, shouting and clapping, I realized that this was a moment that will forever live in my memory as an artistic triumph for a great artist. I've experienced it with Miles, Sonny, Trane and now with the compositions and orchestrations of Bob Brookmeyer.” [In response to Bob's performance at the IAJE Conference in Jan. 2004] — Benny Maupin

“This painterly material is played by not just a big band, but a real orchestra in every sense of the word.” — JAZZ NOW — Lawrence Brazier

“This is a musician who finds magic in the spaces, the phrasing, the pauses

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Albums

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The Trombones Inc.
Atlantic Jazz
2012
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Standards
Atlantic Jazz
2011
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Spirit Music
Spirit Music
ArtistShare
2006
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Bob Brookmeyer And...
Atlantic Jazz
2005
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Island
Island
Artists House
2004
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Mosaic Select 9: Bob Brookmeyer
Mosaic Select 9: Bob...
Mosaic Records
2004
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Videos

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