|Robert Edward Brookmeyer|
|Born||December 19, 1929|
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||December 15, 2011 (aged 81)|
New London, New Hampshire, U.S.
West Coast jazz
|Musician, composer, arranger, educator|
|Instruments||Valve trombone, piano|
|Labels||Impulse!, Mainstream, RCA, Verve|
|Gary Burton, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Jimmy Giuffre, Jim Hall, Gary McFarland, Gerry Mulligan, Lalo Schifrin, Clark Terry, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Claude Thornhill, Zoot Sims|
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 from 1954 to 1957. He later worked with Jimmy Giuffre, before rejoining Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band. He garnered 8 Grammy Award nominations during his lifetime.
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.
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.
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. His eighth Grammy Award nomination was for an arrangement from the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra's album, Forever Lasting, shortly before his death. That same album was also nominated in the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for the category of Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album; the CD was entirely made up of Brookmeyer's compositions.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1960||Blues Suite', composed by Brookmeyer||Best Arrangement||Nominated|
|1965||The Power Of Positive Swinging, composed by Brookmeyer||Best Instrumental Jazz Performance||Nominated|
|1966||ABC Blues, composed by Brookmeyer||Best Original Jazz Composition||Nominated|
|1980||Skylark, arranged by Brookmeyer||Best Instrumental Arrangement||Nominated|
|2001||Impulsive! (Album)||Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album||Nominated|
|2004||Get Well Soon (Album)||Large Jazz Ensemble Album||Nominated|
|2006||Spirit Music (Album)||Large Jazz Ensemble Album||Nominated|
|2008||St. Louis Blues, arranged by Brookmeyer||Best Instrumental Arrangement||Nominated|
|2011||Nasty Dance, arranged by Brookmeyer||Best Instrumental Arrangement||Nominated|