Brookmeyer Celebration Concert
8/3/2015 2:33:18 AM - Brookmeyer Celebration

The Jazz Studies Department at the Eastman School of Music is proud to present a true jazz legend; composer, valve trombonist and conductor Bob Brookmeyer in celebration of his upcoming 80th birthday and also for his lifetime achievement in jazz. Bob Brookmeyer is the foremost jazz composer working today. He has also taught many of today’s leading jazz composers including Maria Schneider and Jim McNeely.

He is a walking history of jazz, having performed with, and written for, a list that encompasses almost the entire history of the music. He 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, to name only a few.

Brookmeyer will be performing in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music with the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dave Rivello. The music presented will be a (mostly) chronological view of Brookmeyer’s work. Pieces will include 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.

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.

The concert is Wednesday, December 2 in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music at 8 pm.  Dave Rivello will also be giving a pre-concert lecture at 7 pm on the evening of the concert. Admission is free. For further information, please contact Dave Rivello at

Eastman School of Music
"Only a few of the acknowledged giants of orchestral writing still toil in the recording studio, and Brookmeyer stands among the best of them."

-- LOS ANGELES TIMES -- Howard Reich
"When the entire audience stood and responded with people cheering, shouting and clapping, I realized that this was a moment that will forever live in my memory as an artistic triumph for a great artist. I've experienced it with Miles, Sonny, Trane and now with the compositions and orchestrations of Bob Brookmeyer." [In response to Bob's performance at the IAJE Conference in Jan. 2004]

-- Benny Maupin
"This painterly material is played by not just a big band, but a real orchestra in every sense of the word."

-- JAZZ NOW -- Lawrence Brazier
"This is a musician who finds magic in the spaces, the phrasing, the pauses. For me, it just doesn't get any better than this."

-- 52nd STREET JAZZ -- J. Robert Bragonier
"The captivating New Work (Celebration) is remarkable evidence of the intricate musical language Bob Brookmeyer has crafted as a composer. In the realm of his own inner logic - informed by Sauter and Stravinsky as much as George Russell and even Boulez - Brookmeyer has conceived something that is as warm and passionate as it is cerebral and sometimes startling."

-- ALL ABOUT JAZZ - Douglas Payne
"As a writer, Brookmeyer calls to mind Bill Holman and Gil Evans, among others, singular artists who use the entire orchestra as a canvas on which to paint their elaborate and expressive musical portraits."

-- ALL ABOUT JAZZ -- Jack Bowers
Brookmeyer Celebration Concert
Ben Ratliff - NY Times, Part 1
Ben Ratliff - NY Times, Part 2
Terry Teachout Review
Spirit Music - Ben Ratliff's Top 10 of 2006
Bob Brookmeyer: Spirit Music
Spirit Music Review from
The Irish Times Review
Brookmeyer's Big Band: Hugely Rewarding
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