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Encyclopedia > Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
Born March 29, 1949
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died January 13, 2007
New York, New York
Occupation Musician (Saxophonist, EWI, Composer)
Spouse Susan Brecker
Children Sam Brecker(14) and Jessica Brecker(18)

Michael Brecker (March 29, 1949January 13th, 2007) was a popular US jazz saxophonist and composer. Acknowledged as "a quiet, gentle musician widely regarded as the most influential tenor saxophonist since John Coltrane,"[1] he won 13 Grammys as both performer and composer. Image File history File links Brecker. ... March 29 is the 88th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (89th in leap years). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... NY redirects here. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... A saxophonist is a musician who plays the saxophone. ... An EWI The EWI (an acronym for Electronic Wind Instrument) is an electronic musical instrument developed by the Akai Electronic Musical Instruments Corporation of Japan. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... March 29 is the 88th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (89th in leap years). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music...

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Biography

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Cheltenham Township, a local suburb, Michael Brecker was exposed to jazz at an early age by his father, an amateur jazz pianist. Among the generation of jazz musicians who saw rock music not as the enemy but as a viable musical option, Brecker began studying clarinet, then moved to alto saxophone in school, eventually settling on the tenor saxophone as his primary instrument. He graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1967 and after only a year at Indiana University, Michael Brecker moved to New York City in 1970 where he carved out a niche for himself as a dynamic and exciting jazz soloist. He first made his mark at age 21 as a member of the jazz/rock band Dreams—a band that included his older brother Randy, trombonist Barry Rogers, drummer Billy Cobham, Jeff Kent and Doug Lubahn. Dreams was short-lived, lasting only a year, but influential (Miles Davis was seen at some gigs prior to his recording "Jack Johnson").[citation needed] Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Two soprano clarinets: a Bâ™­ clarinet (left, with capped mouthpiece) and an A clarinet (right, with no mouthpiece). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The tenor saxophone is a medium-sized member of the saxophone family, a group of instruments invented by Adolphe Sax. ... Indiana University is the principal campus of the Indiana University system. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Dreams was one of the original prominent jazz-rock bands recording for Columbia Records in the period of the late 1960s and early 1970s which included Chicago (originally known as Chicago Transit Authority), Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chase, and Soft Machine. ... Randy Brecker (b. ... A trombonist is a musician who plays the trombone. ... Barron W. Rogers (born in The Bronx on May 22, 1935; died 1991) was a salsa music and jazz fusion trombonist best known as Barry Rogers. ... Billy Cobham, born May 16, 1944 in Panama, is widely regarded as one of the worlds best and most influential drummers, best known for his jazz fusion in the 1970s, with John McLaughlins Mahavishnu Orchestra, where he pioneered a powerful style of drumming with jazz, rock and funk...


Most of Brecker's early work is marked by an approach informed as much by rock guitar as by R&B saxophone. After Dreams, he worked with Horace Silver and then Billy Cobham before once again teaming up with his brother Randy to form the Brecker Brothers Band, which played fusion that was equal parts bar band, Thelonious Monk, and Sly Stone. The band followed jazz-rock trends of the time, but with more attention to structured arrangements, a heavier backbeat, and a stronger rock influence. The band stayed together from 1975–1982 with consistent success and musicality. Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silver, born on September 2, 1928 in Norwalk, Connecticut) is a famous jazz pianist and composer born to a Cape Verdean father (of mixed Portuguese-black descent) and a mother of Irish and African descent. ... Billy Cobham, born May 16, 1944 in Panama, is widely regarded as one of the worlds best and most influential drummers, best known for his jazz fusion in the 1970s, with John McLaughlins Mahavishnu Orchestra, where he pioneered a powerful style of drumming with jazz, rock and funk... Sly Stone (born Sylvester Stewart, 15 March 1943, in Denton, Texas) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, most famous for his role as frontman for Sly & the Family Stone, a band which played a critical role in the development of soul, funk and psychedelia in the 1960s and...


At the same time, Brecker put his stamp on numerous pop and rock recordings as a soloist. His more notable collaborations include those with James Taylor, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Dire Straits, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, and Bruce Springsteen. During the early 1980s, he was also a member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live band. Brecker can be seen in the background sporting shades during Eddie Murphy’s James Brown parody James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Belmont, Massachusetts. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... Steely Dan is a Grammy-Award winning American rock band centered on core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. ... Donald Jay Fagen (born January 10, 1948 in Passaic, New Jersey) is an American musician and songwriter, best known as co-writer, co-founder, singer, and pianist with the jazz-rock band Steely Dan. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943) is a noted Canadian musician, songwriter, and painter. ... Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer and composer, who is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century,[1] garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Aerosmith is a prominent American rock band, regarded by some as Americas Greatest Rock and Roll Band. [1][2] Although they are known as the bad boys from Boston[3], none of the bands members are actually from that city. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was a jazz oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ... Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ... Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 91-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City that has been broadcast live by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ... For the article on the baseball player Eddie Murphy, see Eddie Murphy (baseball player). ... James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933[2] – December 25, 2006), commonly referred to as The Godfather of Soul and The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, was an American entertainer recognized as one of the most influential figures in 20th century popular music. ...


In great demand as a sideman, Brecker also recorded or performed with leading jazz figures during his era, including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Chet Baker, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, McCoy Tyner, Pat Metheny, Elvin Jones, Claus Ogerman, and many others. Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... Armando Anthony Chick Corea (born June 12, 1941) is a multiple Grammy Award winning American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer. ... The Chet Baker Monument in Amsterdam Chesney Henry Chet Baker Jr. ... George Benson (b. ... Quincy Delight Jones Jr. ... Charles Mingus (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979), also known as Charlie Mingus, was an American jazz bassist, composer, bandleader, and occasional pianist. ... Jaco Pastorius (December 1, 1951 – September 21, 1987) was a jazz bassist and composer remembered for his style and technique on fretless bass. ... Alfred McCoy Tyner (born December 11, 1938) is a jazz pianist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet. ... Patrick Bruce Metheny (born August 12, 1954 in Lees Summit, Missouri) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Elvin Ray Jones (September 9, 1927 – May 18, 2004) was a jazz drummer. ... Claus Ogerman (born April 29, 1930) is a German musical arranger/ orchestrator, conductor, and composer, perhaps best known for his work with Antonio Carlos Jobim. ...


After a stint co-leading the all-star group Steps Ahead with Mike Mainieri, Brecker finally recorded a solo album in 1987. That eponymously titled debut album marked his return to a more traditional jazz setting, highlighting his compositional talents and featuring the EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), which Brecker had previously played with Steps Ahead. He continued to record albums as a leader throughout the 1990s and 2000s, winning multiple Grammy Awards. His solo and group tours consistently have sold out top jazz venues in major cities worldwide. Steps Ahead (originally known as Steps) is a jazz fusion group and the brainchild of vibraphonist Mike Mainieri. ... Mike Mainieri Mike Mainieri is a vibraphonist most known for his work with the jazz fusion group Steps Ahead. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


He favored his Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone and a highly-customized Dave Guardala mouthpiece. The Selmer Mark VI is a professional model saxophone that is considered the Selmer Companys best saxophone and is preferred by many jazz musicians. ...


In 2005, Michael Brecker was diagnosed with the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Despite a widely-publicized worldwide search, Brecker was unable to find a matching stem cell donor. In late 2005, he was the recipient of an experimental partial matching stem cell transplant. As of late 2006 he was recovering, but it proved not to be a cure for him. Brecker made his final public performance on June 23rd 2006, playing with Herbie Hancock at Carnegie Hall. Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east stretch of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street. ...


On January 13, 2007, Michael Brecker died from complications of leukemia in New York City. His funeral was held on January 15, 2007 in his hometown of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Leukemia or leukaemia (see spelling differences) is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow and is characterized by an abnormal proliferation (production by multiplication) of blood cells, usually white blood cells (leukocytes). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


On February 11, 2007, Michael Brecker was awarded two posthumous Grammy awards for his involvement on his brother Randy's 2005 album Some Skunk Funk, bringing his Grammy total to 13. February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On May 22nd, 2007, his final recording, Pilgrimage, was released receiving a good critical response. It was recorded in August 2006 with Pat Metheny on guitar, John Patitucci on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums and Herbie Hancock and Brad Mehldau on piano. Brecker was critically ill when it was recorded but the other musicians involved praised the standard of his musicianship. [2] May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Patrick Bruce Metheny (born August 12, 1954 in Lees Summit, Missouri) is an American jazz guitarist. ... John Patitucci (born 1959) is an American jazz double bass player, specializing in hard bop, contemporary and Brazilian jazz. ... Jack DeJohnette (b. ... Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... Brad Mehldau (born August 23, 1970) is an American jazz pianist. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.mercurynews.com/music/ci_6010731
  2. ^ New York Times "A Jazzman’s Farewell Album, All Heart and Soul" June 2, 2007

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See also

The Brecker Brothers was the musical duo of Michael (saxophone and EWI) and Randy Brecker (trumpet and flugelhorn), who recorded several commercially successful jazz fusion albums together in the 1970s, 1990s, and 2000s. ...

External links



Time Is of the Essence is Michael Breckers sixth album as a leader. ... Two Blocks From the Edge is Michael Breckers fifth album as a leader. ... Tales From the Hudson is Michael Breckers fourth album as a leader. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
BBC - Radio 3 Jazz Profiles - Michael Brecker (271 words)
Brecker is the most influential saxophonist in the post Coltrane tradition, and his rapid execution, constant flow of ideas and rhythmic momentum have been widely admired and imitated.
He is also one of the most prolifically recorded saxophonists in jazz, as he has worked in a vast range of studio settings as well as with his own groups and the fusion band led with his trumpeter brother Randy (born 1945).
Michael also worked in the late 1970s band Steps (which later became Steps Ahead), but in due course he began to focus more of fronting his own groups, and mainly a quartet with piano, bass and drums that allowed his torrent of ideas free rein.
Michael Brecker: biography (page 4 of 7) (316 words)
Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker and Barry Rogers were known at that time as powerful horn section and got hired by many producers as recording musicians.
Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker formed The Brecker Brothers in 1975.
Brecker brothers also opened Seventh Avenue South, a jazz-club that for eight years was one of best clubs on Manhattan.
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