Bud Brisbois

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Bud Brisbois
Brisbois, c. late 1960s
Background information
Birth nameAustin Dean Brisbois
Born(1937-04-11)April 11, 1937
Edina, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedJune 1, 1978(1978-06-01) (aged 41)
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
LabelsAnB Records, Award Records

Austin Dean "Bud" Brisbois (April 11, 1937 – June 1, 1978) was a jazz and studio trumpeter. He played jazz, pop, rock, country, Motown, and classical music.


Brisbois was born in Edina, Minnesota and began studying the trumpet at age 12. He was mainly self-taught, and reportedly had most of his range before leaving high school. He briefly attended University of Minnesota before moving to Los Angeles, where he would live most of his life, when not touring. In September 1958 he joined Stan Kenton's orchestra, where he took over the "scream" parts written for Maynard Ferguson, in addition to playing much of the lead trumpet. Brisbois toured with Kenton's band until the early 60's, recording over 30 albums. Around 1963 he left Kenton to work in the Los Angeles recording studios.

Brisbois worked as a studio musician in Los Angeles from around 1963 to 1975, recording over a hundred albums. He worked with Herb Alpert, Tony Bennett, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Duke Ellington, The 5th Dimension, The Four Freshmen, Lionel Hampton, Herbie Hancock, Harry James, Henry Mancini, Dean Martin, Onzy Matthews, Billy May, The Monkees, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Rawls, Lalo Schifrin, Bud Shank, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, and Nancy Wilson. He played lead trumpet on the theme songs to Hawaii Five-O and The Jetsons. While in the studio with Hoyt Curtin, Bud played alongside such greats as Lloyd Ullyate (trombone), Tom Johnson (tuba), Pete Jolly (piano), Frankie Capp (drums), Andy Kostelas (piano), Jack Cookerly (electric piano) and Paul Dekorte in the booth as the engineer making sure everything sounded right.

In early 1973 Brisbois formed the rock group Butane, featuring himself as singer and trumpeter. They recorded a demo and played regular gigs over the next two years, at one point performing on the hit television show The Midnight Special but never secured a record contract and eventually disbanded.

In 1975, after the breakup of his second marriage, Brisbois had problems with manic depression from which he had suffered all his life. He quit the music business and moved to Beverly Hills, where for a time he worked as a Porsche salesman. In 1976 or 1977, he moved to Scottsdale, Arizona to be near his sister. Eventually he began playing again. When asked what inspired him, he replied, "I was driving down a freeway in LA and heard Claus Ogerman's Gate of Dreams album." Brisbois began teaching privately and worked with Grant Wolf and the Mesa Community College Jazz Band. In addition, he taught the trumpeters of the Musicians Union sponsored Young Sounds band. He performed in bands in Phoenix. In late May or early 1 June 1978, he appeared as a guest with the jazz-rock group "Matrix" and commented, "I played as well as I have ever played." Less than a week later he committed suicide.


With Willie Hutch

  • The Mack (Motown, 1973)
  • The Mark of the Beast (Motown, 1974)
  • Foxy Brown (Motown, 1974)

With Stan Kenton

With Henry Mancini

  • Encore! More of the Concert Sound of Henry Mancini (RCA Victor, 1967)
  • Mancini '67 (RCA Victor, 1967)
  • The Big Latin Band of Henry Mancini (RCA Victor, 1968)
  • Mancini Concert (RCA Victor, 1971)
  • Music from the TV Series The Mancini Generation (RCA Victor, 1972)
  • Symphonic Soul (RCA Victor, 1975)

With The Monkees

With others


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