• Bob Brookmeyer and Clark Terry Together Again!

    December 20, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO says goodbye to Bob Brookmeyer, who passed away last Thursday, three days shy of his 82nd birthday. The trombonist and composer will be long remembered for his imagination as an improviser, virtuosic mastery of the valve trombone and work with Jimmy Giuffre, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band. Brookmeyer's legacy lives on amongst the many younger musicians he mentored, including Jim McNeely, Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue.

    Bob's friendship with trumpeter Clark Terry stands out amongst his many collaborations. Clark was his inseparable companion through the 1960s: the pair co-led a quintet at New York's Half Note starting in 1961, then recorded three albums together for Mainstream Records. The pair reunited many times thereafter, and their musical affinity is immediately apparent to the ear.

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    WBGO was fortunate to be present at one of these reunions on February 21, 1986 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, which we presented as part of the American Jazz Radio Festival. The pair performed with Tommy Flanagan on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums.

    Here's a highlight from that concert, "Someday My Prince Will Come." Enjoy and thanks, Bob and Clark!

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