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BOB BROOKMEYER - December 19, 1929 - December 16, 2011

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Bob Brookmeyer - photo: Jos Knaepen
Email: dpurviance@yahoo.com

Bob Brookmeyer

Bob Brookmeyer had 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 2 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 1 year, garnering critical acclaim.



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In 1981 he began to work extensively in Europe as a composer and conductor, creating many works for Cologne and Stockholm. He also was appointed Musical Director of the Mel Lewis Orchestra, while beginning a career in University teaching at the Manhattan School of Music. In 1988 he was appointed Director of the BMI Composers Workshop and in 1991 he moved to Holland to start a radical new school for improvised and composed music. Upon the demise of this venture he returned to the United States and settled in New Hampshire, assuming a position as Chair of the Jazz Composition Department at the New England Conservatory. While in Europe he was invited to initiate a jazz project at the Famed Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, which in turn became the beginnings of his New Art Orchestra, an 18 piece group that remains his composition voice. They have recorded 3 CDs for the Challenge label – ‘New Works,’ which was CD of the Year in England, ‘Waltzing With Zoe’ and ‘Get Well Soon,’ which was nominated for a Grammy in 2005. Bob still continues write for and perform with his New Art Orchestra and mentors young writers and performers at the New England Conservatory, always expanding his horizons and continually seeking new challenges both in education and music.

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Inside The Score (Book & CD) Written by Rayburn Wright.
Instructional book and examples CD for composers and arrangers. A Detailed Analysis of 8 Classic Jazz Ensemble Charts by Sammy Nestico, Thad Jones, and Bob Brookmeyer. 191 pages. Published by Kendor Music Inc. (KN.20870)
Inside The Score (CD only) Written by Rayburn Wright.
Examples CD for composers and arrangers. A Detailed Analysis of 8 Classic Jazz Ensemble Charts by Sammy Nestico, Thad Jones, and Bob Brookmeyer. Published by Kendor Music Inc. (KN.21301)
The Time Is Now By Eliane Elias. Arranged by Bob Brookmeyer.
Professional Editions. Published by Hal Leonard. (7010764)
Abc Blues By Brookmeyer.
Kendor Archive Editions. Contemporary Blues. Published by Kendor Music Inc. (52002) - Level: advanced.
Ding Dong Ding By Brookmeyer
Kendor Archive Editions. Bright Even 8ths. Published by Kendor Music Inc. (52215) - Level: Medium-Advanced.
Just Kiddin' By Eliane Elias. Arranged by Bob Brookmeyer.
Professional Editions. Published by Hal Leonard. (7010762)
King Porter '94 By Bob Brookmeyer.
Professional Big Band. Level: 5+. Published by Advance Music. (31006)
Skylark By Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael. Arranged by Bob Brookmeyer.
Professional Big Band. Level: 4. Published by Advance Music. (31005)
The Magic Shop (Conductor's Score) By Brookmeyer.
Jazz Combo Series. Fast Swing. Published by Kendor Music Inc. (5250) - Level: advanced.
Boom-Boom By Bob Brookmeyer.
Professional Big Band. Level: 5. Published by Advance Music. (31012)
Celebration Suite - I. Jig By Bob Brookmeyer.
Professional Big Band. Level: 5. Published by Advance Music. (31008)
Celebration Suite - II. Slow By Bob Brookmeyer.
Professional Big Band. Level: 4+. Published by Advance Music. (31009)
Celebration Suite - III. Remem By Bob Brookmeyer.
Professional Big Band. Level: 4. Published by Advance Music. (31010)
Celebration Suite - IV. Two By Bob Brookmeyer.
Professional Big Band. Level: 5. Published by Advance Music. (31011)
Evolution Improv Styl Brookmeyer By Bob Brookmeyer.
Arranged by Robert Hudson. Published by Universal Edition. (UE070073)
Nevermore By Bob Brookmeyer.
Professional Big Band. Published by Advance Music. (31013)
St. Louis Blues By Handy. Arranged by Bob Brookmeyer.
Professional Big Band. Level: 5. Published by Advance Music. (31007)
First Love Song By Brookmeyer.
Kendor Archive Editions. Ballad. Published by Kendor Music Inc. (52313)
Make Me Smile By Brookmeyer. For alto saxophone.
Kendor Archive Editions. Contemporary. Published by Kendor Music Inc. (52530) - Level: advanced.
Nasty Dance By Brookmeyer. For tenor saxophone.
Kendor Archive Editions. Contemporary Jazz. Published by Kendor Music Inc. (52605) - Level: advanced.
The American Express By Brookmeyer.
Kendor Archive Editions. Contemporary Jazz. Published by Kendor Music Inc. (52022) - Level: Medium-Advanced.

LATEST - August, 2007

Dear René,

I am happy announce that 12 new titles have been added to the Score & Parts and Study Scores Projects. There is a wide variety of music in this release raging from older music to new music and big band to a string trio. The new titles released are:

Elegy
Lovely
Song Sing Sung
Over Here
For You
Seesaw
Idyll
Sweetie
Just Plain Meyer (originally written for Terry Gibbs in 1959)
Mellow Drama (written in 1960 for a medium ensemble on Portrait of the Artist)
Collage #1 for Woodwind Quintet
Talking for String Trio

All of these titles are available for you in the Score & Parts and Study Study Scores. I encourage you to click on one of the links above to check out these and all the other titles available.

I would also like to announce that we have released a COMPLETE Study Scores to the album, Get Well Soon. This includes all 8 big band study scores and transcriptions of the two interludes for a reduced price. If you are interested in getting into this album, this is a great way to start.

With the new titles (as well as the 15 titles previously released) you will also find newly released streaming talks from me about composition, rehearsal tips and improvisation. In a few titles, I have included a little historical background of each piece. When you purchase a Score & Part or Study Score, these talks are available immediately to you in your account. This is just the beginning - I will be working on more talks and insights to share with you in the future.

My assistants are working hard on even more titles to be released soon. If you are looking for a specific title, please contact Ryan Truesdell [ryan@artistshare.com] and he will be able to tell you when it will be available.

I hope this finds you well.

Bob Brookmeyer


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