Grammy Award Trumpeter Randy Brecker Performs at the Woodstock Playhouse
The Bop Island Jazz Festival presents the Bop Island Big Band with Randy Brecker, Sunday — December 16th, 2018 starting at 4pm at the Woodstock Playhouse.
By: Bop Island Jazz Festival
Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa.
Born in 1945 in Philadelphia to a musical family, Randy's musical talent was nurtured from an early age. He attended Indiana University from 1963-66 studying with Bill Adam, David Baker and Jerry Coker and later moved to New York where he landed gigs with such prominent bands as Clark Terry's Big Bad Band, the Duke Pearson Big Band and the Thad Jones Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra.
In the late 60's Randy ventured into jazz-rock with the band Blood, Sweat and Tears, but left to join the Horace Silver Quintet. He recorded his first solo album, 'Score', in 1968, featuring a young, then unknown 19 year-old tenor saxophonist named Michael Brecker. Randy's brother.
In the early 1970s, Randy performed live with many prominent artists including Larry Coryell's Eleventh House, Stevie Wonder and Billy Cobham. He also recorded several classic albums with his brother under the leadership of the great pianist/composer Hal Galper.
By 1975, Randy and Michael fronted their own group, the Brecker Brothers Band. A band of immeasurable impact and influence, they released six albums on Arista and garnered seven Grammy nominations between 1975 and 1981. Their eponymous first record, which Randy wrote, arranged and produced, featured his now classic composition "Some Skunk Funk."
In 2001, Randy released 'Hangin' in the City' (ESC), a solo project which introduced his alter-ego Randroid, a skirt chasing, cab driving ne'er do well, with lyrics and vocals by Randroid himself. This CD was especially well received in Europe, where Randy toured extensively with his own line-up.
Randy's next CD for ESC Records, '34th n' Lex,' won him his third Grammy for 'Best Contemporary Jazz Album' in 2003. In 2007, Randy was awarded his fourth Grammy for "Randy Brecker Live with the WDR Big Band" (Telarc/BHM)
In 2013, Randy Brecker's Brecker Brothers Band Reunion features a live DVD recorded at the Blue Note in NYC bundled with a new 11-song studio recording featuring members of the Brecker Brothers bands from throughout the years including Dave Sanborn, Mike Stern, Will Lee, and Dave Weckl. George Whitty is back in the production and keyboard chair, and Randy's Italian wife Ada Rovatti is in the 'hot saxophone' seat, keeping it in the family on tenor and soprano saxophone. The new dual-disc recording will be released in North America by Magenta/E-One, in Europe by Moosicus Records and in Japan by JVC/Victor.
A long time in the making, this project is very close to Randy Brecker's heart. It is dedicated to his brother, Michael, and other departed Brecker Brothers Band members.
As a composer, performer and in-demand Yamaha clinician, Randy Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians around the world. To learn more about Randy Brecker and his music visit his website: http://www.randybrecker.com/
To learn more about this concert and the other Fall concerts visit http://www.woodstockplayhouse.org.
About the Bop Island Jazz Festival
The Bop Island Jazz Festival is comprised of a stellar group of musicians and technicians participating in a series of performances at the Woodstock Playhouse. The historic Woodstock Playhouse is the home of The Bop Island Jazz Festival.
Please join us for world class artists presenting Jazz in an intimate setting. The Bop Island Big Band is 16 world class jazz and freelance musicians whose mission is to perform and celebrate the best of big band jazz and provide a forum for new works by some of today's brightest composers and arrangers.
Bop Island Jazz Festival
P.O. Box 1294 Woodstock, NY 124498
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