Bob Brookmeyer Dies

Bob Brookmeyer Dies
GRAMMY-nominated arranger/composer Bob Brookmeyer died Dec. 15. A cause of death was not provided. He was 81. Considered one of the top jazz valve trombonists, Brookmeyer was known for his work with jazz artists such as Stan Getz, Jimmy Giuffre, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry, among others, and served as a mentor for jazz composers studying at the New England Conservatory in Boston. His most recent album, Standards, was released in November. Brookmeyer earned eight GRAMMY nominations throughout his career, including three for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. He is currently nominated for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards for Best Instrumental Arrangement for the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra's "Nasty Dance." (12/16)

David Foster Named Verve Music Chairman
Sixteen-time GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter David Foster has been named chairman of Verve Music Group, according to Billboard.biz. Based in Los Angeles, Foster will report to Universal Music Group Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge and will lead Verve's creative operations, focusing on identifying new talent and developing UMG's roster of adult contemporary and pop music. (12/16)

Wynton Marsalis Named CBS Cultural Correspondent
CBS Television Network, the longtime home of the GRAMMY Awards, has named nine-time GRAMMY-winning jazz artist Wynton Marsalis cultural correspondent for the network's weekday morning news show, as well as the "Sunday Morning" segment. Marsalis will provide coverage of cultural and educational stories, and will make his first report on CBS on Jan. 16, 2012. (12/16)

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