January 1, 2012

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As a fan and student of Bob Brookmeyer’s music, as well as a current member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop (which Bob created), I have to take a moment to say thank you and farewell to Bob Brookmeyer. The music community owes a lot to Bob not only for his prolific contributions as a performer and composer, but also as a teacher, mentor and visionary.

Though I only met Bob a few times, I will always remember his encouragement, warmth and kindness. For some really great tributes from those who knew Bob a lot better than I did, I would start with Darcy James Argue’s tribute. After that, check out John Hollenbeck’s tribute.

Though we are saddened by your loss, we are forever grateful for all the music and joy you shared with us!