Happy Birthday Bob Brookmeyer (a Good Reason to Go to Rochester in December)


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Brookmeyer Celebration - Wednesday, December 2, 2009 in Rochester, NY

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.

Dave Rivello will also be giving a pre-concert lecture at 7 pm on the evening of the concert.

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

For further information, please contact Dave Rivello at (585) 381-4309 or [email protected] and also visit bobbrookmeyer.com

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