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Jazz Musician of the Day: Rob McConnell

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All About Jazz is celebrating Rob McConnell's birthday today!

Robert Murray Gordon (Rob) McConnell was a Canadian jazz valve trombonist, composer, arranger, music educator and recording artist.

Rob McConnell took up the valve trombone in high school, and began his performing career in the early 1950s, performing and studying with Don Thompson, Bobby Gimby, and later, with fellow Canadian Maynard Ferguson. In 1968 he formed The Boss Brass, a big band that would become his primary performing and recording unit through the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1988, McConnell took a teaching position at the Dick Grove School of Music in California, but gave up his position...Read more.

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