Bob Brookmeyer

Bob Brookmeyer

born on 19/12/1929 in Kansas City, MO, United States

died on 15/12/2011 in New London, New Hampshire, United States

Bob Brookmeyer

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Robert Edward "Bob" Brookmeyer (December 19, 1929 – December 15, 2011) was an American jazz valve trombonist, pianist, arranger, and composer. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Brookmeyer first gained widespread public attention as a member of Gerry Mulligan's quartet[2] from 1954 to 1957. He later worked with Jimmy Giuffre,[3] before rejoining Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band. He garnered 8 Grammy Award nominations during his lifetime.


Brookmeyer was born on December 19, 1929 Kansas City, Missouri.[4] He was the only child of Elmer Edward Brookmeyer and Mayme Seifert.[1]

Brookmeyer began playing professionally when in his teens. He attended the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, but did not graduate. He played piano in big bands led by Tex Beneke and Ray McKinley, but concentrated on valve trombone from when he moved to the Claude Thornhill orchestra in the early 1950s. He was part of small groups led by Stan Getz, Jimmy Giuffre, and Gerry Mulligan in the 1950s. During the 1950s and 1960s Brookmeyer played in New York clubs, on television (including being part of the house band for The Merv Griffin Show), and on studio recordings, as well as arranging for Ray Charles and others.[1]

In the early 1960s Brookmeyer joined flugelhorn player Clark Terry in a band that achieved some success. In February 1965 Brookmeyer and Terry appeared together on BBC2's Jazz 625.[5]

Brookmeyer moved to Los Angeles in 1968 and became a full-time studio musician. He spent 10 years on the West Coast, and had a serious alcohol problem. After he overcame this, he returned to New York. Brookmeyer became musical director of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1979, although he had not composed any music for a decade. Brookmeyer wrote for and performed with jazz groups in Europe from the early 1980s. He founded and ran a music school in the Netherlands, and taught at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and other institutions.[1]

In June 2005, Brookmeyer joined ArtistShare and announced a project to fund an upcoming third album featuring his New Art Orchestra. The resulting Grammy-nominated CD, titled Spirit Music, was released in 2006. Brookmeyer was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in the same year.[1] His eighth Grammy Award nomination was for an arrangement from the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra's album, Forever Lasting, shortly before his death.[1]

Brookmeyer died on December 15, 2011, in New London, New Hampshire.[1][6]


As leader/coleader

  • 1954: Quintets (Vogue)
  • 1954: Bob Brookmeyer featuring Al Cohn (Storyville)[7]
  • 1954: Bob Brookmeyer Quartet (Pacific Jazz) featuring John Williams and Red Mitchell
  • 1954–55: The Dual Role of Bob Brookmeyer (Prestige) (also released as Revelation!)
  • 1955: Bob Brookmeyer Plays Bob Brookmeyer and Some Others (Clef) also released as The Modernity of Bob Brookmeyer
  • 1956: Tonite's Music Today (Storyville) – Bob Brookmeyer–Zoot Sims Quintet
  • 1956: Whooeeee (Storyville) – Bob Brookmeyer–Zoot Sims Quintet (also released as Today's Jazz)
  • 1956: Jimmy Raney featuring Bob Brookmeyer (ABC/Paramount) with Jimmy Raney
  • 1956: Brookmeyer (Vik) also released as Bob Brookmeyer and His Orchestra
  • 1957: Traditionalism Revisited (World Pacific)
  • 1957: Jazz Concerto Grosso (ABC-Paramount) with Gerry Mulligan and Phil Sunkel
  • 1957: The Street Swingers (World Pacific) with Jim Hall and Jimmy Raney (also released as Bob Brookmeyer & Guitars)
  • 1958: Kansas City Revisited (United Artists)
  • 1958: Stretching Out (United Artists) with Zoot Sims-Bob Brookmeyer Octet
  • 1959: The Ivory Hunters (United Artists), piano duo with Bill Evans
  • 1959: Portrait of the Artist (Atlantic)
  • 1960: Jazz Is a Kick (Mercury)
  • 1960: The Blues Hot and Cold (Verve)
  • 1961: 7 x Wilder (Verve)
  • 1961: Recorded Fall 1961 (Verve) with Stan Getz
  • 1962: Gloomy Sunday and Other Bright Moments (Verve)
  • 1962: Trombone Jazz Samba (Verve)
  • 1963: Samba Para Dos (Verve) with Lalo Schifrin
  • 1964: Bob Brookmeyer and Friends (Columbia)
  • 1964: Tonight (Mainstream) – Clark Terry-Bob Brookmeyer Quintet
  • 1965: The Power of Positive Swinging (Mainstream) – Clark Terry-Bob Brookmeyer Quintet
  • 1966: Gingerbread Men (Mainstream) – Clark Terry-Bob Brookmeyer Quintet
  • 1967: Out Of My Head (Atlantic) – Bob Brookmeyer Big Band
  • 1978: Back Again (Sonet)
  • 1978: The Bob Brookmeyer Small Band (DCC Jazz, 1999)
  • 1980: Composer & Arranger (Gryphon) with Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra (also released as Live At The Village Vanguard)
  • 1981: Through a Looking Glass (Finesse)
  • 1986: Oslo (Concord)
  • 1989: On the Way to the Sky (JazzLine) released 2016 - with Jim Hall, Mel Lewis, WDR Big Band Cologne
  • 1991: Electricity (ACT)
  • 1993: Paris Suite (Challenge)
  • 1994: Old Friends (Storyville)
  • 1997: New Works Celebration (Challenge)
  • 1998: Out of This World (Koch)
  • 1998: Together (Challenge)
  • 1999: Madly Loving You (Challenge)
  • 2000: Holiday (Challenge)
  • 2001: Waltzing with Zoe (Challenge)
  • 2002: Get Well Soon (Challenge)
  • 2004: Island (Artists House) with Kenny Wheeler
  • 2006: Spirit Music (ArtistShare)
  • 2011: Standards (ArtistShare)

As sideman

With Cannonball Adderley

  • 1961: African Waltz (Riverside) with orchestra conducted by Ernie Wilkins

With Manny Albam

  • 1956: The Jazz Workshop (RCA Victor)
  • 1962: Jazz Goes to the Movies (Impulse!)
  • 1966: Brass on Fire (Sold State)

With Arkadia Jazz All Stars

  • 1998: Thank You, Gerry!: Our Tribute to Gerry Mulligan (Arkadia Jazz)

With Benny Aronov

  • 1979: Shadow Box (Choice)

With Bobby Bryant

  • 1969: The Jazz Excursion Into "Hair" (World Pacific)

With Ruby Braff

  • 1959: Blowing Around The World (United Artists)

With Monty Budwig

With Ralph Burns

  • 1961: Where There's Burns There's Fire (Warwick)

With Gary Burton

  • 1962: Who Is Gary Burton? (RCA)
  • 1963: The Groovy Sound of Music (RCA)

With Ray Charles

  • 1959: The Genius of Ray Charles (Atlantic)

With Al Cohn

  • 1956: The Al Cohn Quintet Featuring Bobby Brookmeyer (Coral)
  • 1961: Son of Drum Suite (RCA Victor)

With Dave Frishberg

With Curtis Fuller

  • 1962: Cabin in the Sky (Impulse!)

With Stan Getz

  • 1953: The Artistry of Stan Getz (Clef)
  • 1957: Interpretations by the Stan Getz Quintet (Norgran)
  • 1957: Stan Getz and the Cool Sounds (Verve) 1953-1955
  • 1954: Stan Getz at The Shrine (Verve)

With Jimmy Giuffre

  • 1958: Trav'lin' Light (Atlantic)
  • 1958: The Four Brothers Sound (Atlantic) [1959]
  • 1958: Western Suite (Atlantic) [1960]

With Buddy Greco

  • 1961: I Like It Swinging (Epic)

With the Guitar Choir

With Bobby Hackett

  • 1967: Creole Cookin' (Verve)

With Jim Hall

  • 1999: Live At The North Sea Jazz Festival (Challenge)

With Woody Herman

  • 1958: The Herd Rides Again . . . In Stereo (Everest)

With Lee Konitz

  • 1959: You and Lee (Verve)

With Marko Lackner

  • 2005: Awakening (Double Moon)

With Gary McFarland

  • 1962: The Jazz Version of "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" (Verve)
  • 1963: The In Sound (Verve)

With Gary McFarland and Clark Terry

  • 1965: Tijuana Jazz (Impulse!)

With Gerry Mulligan

  • 1954: Paris Concert (Pacific Jazz)
  • 1955: California Concerts (Pacific Jazz)
  • 1955: Presenting the Gerry Mulligan Sextet (EmArcy)
  • 1955: Mainstream of Jazz (Sextet) (EmArcy)
  • 1956: Profile (Sextet) (Emarcy)
  • 1956: Recorded in Boston at Storyville (Pacific Jazz)
  • 1957: The Teddy Wilson Trio & Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Bob Brookmeyer at Newport (Verve)
  • 1960: The Concert Jazz Band (Verve)
  • 1960: Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band on Tour (Verve) [1962]
  • 1960: Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band at the Village Vanguard (Verve)
  • 1961: Holliday with Mulligan (DRG) [1980] with Judy Holliday
  • 1961: Gerry Mulligan Presents a Concert in Jazz (Verve)
  • 1962: The Gerry Mulligan Quartet (Verve)
  • 1962: Spring Is Sprung (Philips)
  • 1962: Gerry Mulligan '63 Concert Jazz Band (Verve)
  • 1963: Night Lights (Philips)
  • 1964: Butterfly with Hiccups (Limelight)
  • 1972: The Age Of Steam (A&M) - Gerry Mulligan and his Orchestra

With Oliver Nelson

  • 1966: Encyclopedia of Jazz (Verve)
  • 1966: The Sound of Feeling (Verve)

With Anita O'Day

  • 1962: All the Sad Young Men (Verve)

With Michel Petrucciani

  • 1997: Both Worlds (Dreyfus Jazz)

With Oscar Pettiford

  • 1955: Another One (Bethlehem)
  • 1955: Jazz Mainstream (Bethlehem)
  • 1956: Volume 2 (Bethlehem)

With Bill Potts

  • 1959: The Jazz Soul Of Porgy & Bess (United Artists)

With Jimmy Raney

  • 1957: Jimmy Raney In Three Attitudes (ABC-Paramount)

With Pee Wee Russell and Coleman Hawkins

  • 1961: Jazz Reunion (Candid)

With Lalo Schifrin

  • 1965: Once a Thief and Other Themes (Verve)

With Don Sebesky

  • 1979: Three Works For Jazz Soloists & Symphony Orchestra (Gryphon)

With Bud Shank

  • 1954: Strings & Trombones (Pacific Jazz)
  • 1958: I'll Take Romance (World Pacific)

With Zoot Sims

  • 1956: The Modern Art of Jazz by Zoot Sims (Dawn)
  • 1961: Choice (Pacific Jazz)

With Clark Terry

  • 1971: Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer (Verve)

With Bob Thiele

  • 1969: Head Start (Flying Dutchman)

With Kai Winding

With Various Artists

As arranger

With Terry Gibbs

With The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra

  • 1969: Monday Night (Solid State)

With Jack Teagarden

  • 1962: Think Well Of Me (Verve)

As composer

With Jim Pugh and Dave Taylor

  • 1984: The Pugh-Taylor Project (DMP) - track 3, "Red Balloons"

See also

  • List of Jazz Arrangers


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Keepnews, Peter (December 18, 2011). "Bob Brookmeyer, Jazz Musician and educator, Dies at 81". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Berendt, Joachim (1976). The Jazz Book. Paladin. p. 380. 
  3. ^ Berendt, Joachim (1976). The Jazz Book. Paladin. p. 384. 
  4. ^ Berendt, Joachim (1976). The Jazz Book. Paladin. p. 199. 
  5. ^ "Tribute to Bob Brookmeyer". December 19, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ artsjournal obituary. Archived May 21, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Bob Brookmeyer Featuring Al Cohn - Storyville Presents Bob Brookmeyer". Discogs. Retrieved November 12, 2017. 

External links

  • Bob Brookmeyer's website
  • Record Company (Challenge Records International)
  • Bob Brookmeyer at AllMusic
  • Bob Brookmeyer discography at Discogs
  • Interview with Bob Brookmeyer
  • [1] (New York Times Obituary)
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