Clark Terry with Brookmeyer (right) at the Clearwater Jazz Festival, Florida, in the 1980s
|Birth name||Robert Edward Brookmeyer|
December 19, 1929|
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
|Died||December 15, 2011
New London, New Hampshire, United States
West Coast jazz
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, arranger, educator|
|Instruments||Valve trombone, piano|
|Labels||Impulse!, Mainstream, RCA, Verve|
|Associated acts||Gary Burton, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Jimmy Giuffre, Jim Hall, Gary McFarland, Gerry Mulligan, Lalo Schifrin, Clark Terry, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Claude Thornhill, Zoot Sims|
Robert Edward Brookmeyer (December 19, 1929 – December 15, 2011) was an American jazz valve trombonist, pianist, arranger, and composer. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Brookmeyer first gained widespread public attention as a member of Gerry Mulligan's quartet from 1954 to 1957. He later worked with Jimmy Giuffre, before rejoining Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band. He garnered 8 Grammy Award nominations during his lifetime.
Brookmeyer began playing professionally when in his teens. He attended the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, but did not graduate. He played piano in big bands led by Tex Beneke and Ray McKinley, but concentrated on valve trombone from when he moved to the Claude Thornhill orchestra in the early 1950s. He was part of small groups led by Stan Getz, Jimmy Giuffre, and Gerry Mulligan in the 1950s. During the 1950s and 1960s Brookmeyer played in New York clubs, on television (including being part of the house band for The Merv Griffin Show), and on studio recordings, as well as arranging for Ray Charles and others.
Brookmeyer moved to Los Angeles in 1968 and became a full-time studio musician. He spent 10 years on the West Coast, and had a serious alcohol problem. After he overcame this, he returned to New York. Brookmeyer became musical director of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1979, although he had not composed any music for a decade. Brookmeyer wrote for and performed with jazz groups in Europe from the early 1980s. He founded and ran a music school in the Netherlands, and taught at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and other institutions.
In June 2005, Brookmeyer joined ArtistShare and announced a project to fund an upcoming third album featuring his New Art Orchestra. The resulting Grammy-nominated CD, titled Spirit Music, was released in 2006. Brookmeyer was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in the same year. His eighth Grammy Award nomination was for an arrangement from the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra's album, Forever Lasting, shortly before his death.
- 1954–55: The Dual Role of Bob Brookmeyer (Prestige)
- 1954: Quintets (Vogue)
- 1956: Brookmeyer (RCA)
- 1957: Traditionalism Revisited (Blue Note)
- 1959: The Ivory Hunters (United Artists): Brookmeyer on piano with Bill Evans
- 1960: The Blues-Hot and Cold (Verve MG V-8385)
- 1961: Recorded Fall 1961 (Verve) with Stan Getz
- 1961: 7 x Wilder – The Bob Brookmeyer 4 (Verve)
- 1962: Trombone Jazz Samba (Verve)
- 1963: Samba Para Dos with Lalo Schifrin (Verve)
- 1964: Bob Brookmeyer and Friends (Columbia)
- 1964: Tonight (Mainstream) - with Clark Terry
- 1965: The Power of Positive Swinging (Mainstream) - with Clark Terry
- 1966: Gingerbread Men (Mainstream) - with Clark Terry
- 1978: The Bob Brookmeyer Small Band (DCC Jazz, 1999)
- 1986: Oslo (Concord)
- 1988: Back Again (Dragon)
- 1991: Electricity (ACT)
- 1993: Paris Suite (Challenge)
- 1994: Old Friends (Storyville)
- 1997: New Works/Celebration (Challenge)
- 1998: Out of This World (Koch)
- 1998: Together (Challenge)
- 1999: Madly Loving You (Challenge)
- 2000: Holiday (Challenge)
- 2001: Waltzing With Zoe (Challenge)
- 2002: Get Well Soon (Challenge)
- 2004: Island (Artists House)
- 2006: Spirit Music (ArtistShare)
- 2011: Standards (ArtistShare)
- Tonight – Clark Terry–Bob Brookmeyer Quintet (Mainstream)
- The Power of Positive Swinging – Clark Terry–Bob Brookmeyer Quintet
- Whooeeee – Bob Brookmeyer–Zoot Sims Quintet (Storyville)
- The Street Swingers – Brookmeyer, Jim Raney, Jim Hall (World Pacific, 1958)
With Manny Albam
With Arkadia Jazz All Stars
- Thank You, Gerry!
With Gary Burton
With Curtis Fuller
- Cabin in the Sky (Impulse!, 1962)
With Stan Getz
- The Artistry of Stan Getz (Clef, 1952)
- Tijuana Jazz (Impulse!, 1965)
With Gerry Mulligan
- Paris Concert (1954)
- Presenting the Gerry Mulligan Sextet (EmArcy, 1955)
- Mainstream of Jazz (EmArcy, 1956)
- Gerry Mulligan Quartet at Storyville (Bill Crow & Dave Bailey, Pacific Jazz, 1956)
- Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band at the Village Vanguard (Verve, 1960)
- Butterfly with Hiccups – Gerry Mulligan Sextet (Limelight, 1960)
- Holliday with Mulligan (1961)
- Gerry Mulligan presents A Concert in Jazz (Verve, 1961)
- The Gerry Mulligan Quartet (Bill Crow & Gus Johnson, Verve, 1962)
- Gerry Mulligan '63, the Concert Jazz Band (Verve)
- Night Lights – Gerry Mulligan Sextet (Philips, 1963)
With Lalo Schifrin
- Once a Thief and Other Themes (Verve, 1965)
With Zoot Sims
- Stretching Out (United Artists, 1958) UAL 4023 
- Keepnews, Peter (December 18, 2011). "Bob Brookmeyer, Jazz Musician and educator, Dies at 81". The New York Times.
- Berendt, Joachim (1976). The Jazz Book. Paladin. p. 380.
- Berendt, Joachim (1976). The Jazz Book. Paladin. p. 384.
- Berendt, Joachim (1976). The Jazz Book. Paladin. p. 199.
- "Tribute to Bob Brookmeyer". clarkterry.com. December 19, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
- artsjournal obituary.
- Bob Brookmeyer's website
- Record Company (Challenge Records International)
- Interview with Bob Brookmeyer
-  (New York Times Obituary)