BOB BROOKMEYER (1929-2011)
8/30/2014 10:11:20 AM - It’s with great sadness that we share the news that Bob Brookmeyer passed away last night (12/15/2011), just four days shy of his 82nd birthday. Bob was an integral force in music, making some of the greatest groups in jazz history what we know and admire today. Whether as a composer, arranger or trombonist, his voice is immediately discernible from the very first note, always bringing a smile and one word: "Brookmeyer."

For many of us, Bob has always been a tremendous inspiration and an overflowing wealth of knowledge. You'd be hard 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.

Bob's newest album, STANDARDS, which was officially released a few weeks ago, was a record Bob was incredibly proud of.  It is a true masterpiece in every sense of the word, with each arrangement encompassing everything that is "Bob Brookmeyer."

Bob, you were an amazing force and a fearless leader to all jazz composers. Thank you for your years of inspiration, support, and for leaving a legacy of music to continually inspire us for years to come.


Standards - Featuring the NAO and Fay Claassen
Standards is Bob's latest recording and was officially released on November 30, 2011.  It features the amazing talents of vocalist Fay Claassen and the New Art Orchestra and includes liner notes written by Maria Schneider.  

"... there are two silent gaps that come near the end of this arrangement that are almost painful they're so sudden.  It leaves you scared it's over.  What a wonderful feeling to not want it to be over."  -- Maria Schneider
CURRENTS: 07/16/2011
Read Bob's latest thoughts and comments on music and life. Click here to read the most recent 'Currents.'
Music for String Quartet and Orchestra
A fantastic new Study Score - Music for String Quartet and Orchestra - has just been released.  This offer comes with a mail-order facsimile of Bob's manuscript scores, a signed copy of the CD, plus more - check it out today!

Also, check out the Discography for more information on the recording.
See All Participation Levels for Spirit Music Project
Experience the Spirit Music CD project from beginning to end. Participation allows you - whether a listener, performer and/or composer - to be involved in the creative process from first conception to finished project. Click here to see all Participation Levels.
Music for String Quartet and Orchestra
Listen to the first 7 minutes of the first movement of Music for String Quartet and Orchestra.
Standards Download - 320kbps

Welcome to the Standards Download Participant Offer where you will be able to follow the creation of the recording of Bob Brookmeyer's latest project through ArtistShare.  As a...

Sample track from Get Well Soon