BROOKMEYER - December 19, 1929 - December 16, 2011
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 Mulligans 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 Russells 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.
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
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:
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 [firstname.lastname@example.org] and he will be able to tell you when it will be available.
I hope this finds you well.