Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Studio Music and Jazz (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Gary Lindsay

Second Committee Member

John Daversa

Third Committee Member

Kathryn Reid

Fourth Committee Member

Thomas Sleeper


This study will examine the compositional style of composer, pianist, and trombonist Bob Brookmeyer as it pertains to his works for large jazz ensemble. Brookmeyer’s writing will be presented as falling into three distinct periods; The Early Years, The Vanguard Years, and The New Art Years. Each period will be defined based upon the musical elements discovered in representative compositions and the events in Brookmeyer’s life, as well as on the jazz scene that influenced his writing. In presenting an analysis of representative musical examples from compositions within the three historical periods a clear progression of Brookmeyer’s writing style will be revealed. The author will then present six original compositions for large ensemble that reflect the compositional techniques discovered during this study.


Bob Brookmeyer; Big Band; Jazz Composition; Jazz Arranging; Music Composition