11/27/09

Bob Brookmeyer To Be Honored in Concert at Eastman School of Music

The Jazz Studies Department at the Eastman School of Music will present composer, valve trombonist and conductor Bob Brookmeyer in celebration of his upcoming 80th birthday and also for his lifetime achievement in jazz. In addition to his credits as a composer, arranger and musician, Brookmeyer has also taught several notable jazz composers including Maria Schneider and Jim McNeely. Brookmeyer, who worked regularly with Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall, Mel Lewis, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and also with Count Basie and Woody Herman, will be performing as part of the program with the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dave Rivello. Among Brookmeyer’s pieces that will be performed by the Ensemble will be music written for the Terry Gibbs Dreamband, the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band, Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra, and Brookmeyer's own New Art Orchestra. In addition, there will be other performances of Brookmeyer's music in the week leading up to the New Jazz Ensemble concert.

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As a special highlight, there will also be five mini-premieres based on the musical material of "Happy Birthday", written by five different composers who are special friends of Bob's- Bill Holman, Jim McNeely, Dave Rivello, John Hollenbeck and Ryan Truesdell. Rivello will also be giving a pre-concert lecture at 7 pm on the evening of the concert.

The concert will take place on Wednesday December 2 in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music at 8 pm. Admission is free.

For further information about this concert or about Brookmeyer’s music, go to his web site.

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