Bob Brookmeyer
Bob Brookmeyer (1929-2011) received the highest honour the United States bestows on jazz musicians when he was named an NEA Jazz Master in 2006.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, the trombonist, pianist, arranger and composer left an enduring musical legacy that includes most notably his groundbreaking work with Gerry Mulligan, Jimmy Giuffre and Clark Terry, but also a decade of playing in studios in Los Angeles. 

His teaching career both in the Netherlands and at the NEC in Boston was highly influential. His compositional style reflects a deep study of composers such as Lutosławski, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ligeti and Bartók.