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Bob Brookmeyer Dies at 81

Bob Brookmeyer

Bob Brookmeyer, the valve trombonist, bandleader and educator whose expansive, unconventional composing and arranging ideas can be heard in the progressive thrust of today’s most acclaimed large ensembles, died last night, Dec. 15, according to his website, He would have turned 82 on Monday and had released a new album, Standards, through ArtistShare only a few weeks ago.

A statement on Brookmeyer’s website said, “For many of us, Bob has always been a tremendous inspiration and an overflowing wealth of knowledge. You’d be hard pressed to find a large ensemble composer that doesn’t have Bob’s name on the top of their list of favorites. For those lucky enough to have the opportunity to study with him, we were given more than just an education in the art of being a great composer, we were given a level of both love and support that expanded far beyond the classroom. He had a wonderful ability to cultivate our inner strengths, yet pull us out of our comfort zones and stretch us farther than we could have ever imagined possible.

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