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Brockman, Michael (Steven)

Brockman, Michael (Steven), saxophonist, composer, arranger, educator; b. Portland, Oregon, 12 October 1957. His father Calvin was an amateur saxophonist. His mother Peg was an amateur actress and dancer.

Received education at Musikhochschule, Cologne, West Germany (Independent Overseas Study, Music Composition, 1977), Berklee College of Music, Boston (Jazz Studies/Saxophone Performance, 1978), Lewis and Clark College, Portland (Bachelor of Music, Instrumental Music Education/Saxophone, 1975-79), the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston (Master of Music, With Distinction, Jazz Studies/Woodwind Performance 1980-82) and University of Washington School of Music (Doctor of Musical Arts (ABD) Saxophone Performance; dissertation: Orchestration Techniques of Duke Ellington, 1999-present.

His principal instructors have been Johannes Fritsch, composition, Musikhochschule, Cologne; Mark Eubanks, bassoon, Principal, Oregon Symphony Orchestra; Vincent McDermotte, composition, Lewis and Clark College (1975-1979); George Russell, Lydian Chromatic Theory, New England Conservatory; Jaki Byard, instrumentation and orchestration, New England Conservatory; Jimmy Guiffre, saxophone, orchestration, New England Conservatory; William Thomas McKinley, composition, New England Conservatory; Frank L. Battisti, conducting, New England Conservatory; Pat Hollenbeck, jazz theory and arranging, New England Conservatory(1980-1982); George Garzone, saxophone, Berklee College of Music
(1978); Jerry D. Luedders, classical saxophone, Lewis and Clark College (1977-1980); Joe Viola, saxophone and flute, Berklee College of Music (1977-1981); Joe Allard, saxophone and clarinet, New York City and Boston (New England Conservatory) (1980-1986); Arthur Grossman, classical performance, Seattle (1999-present); and Don Lanphere, jazz performance, Seattle (1998-2003).

Today, Brockman is Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies, University of Washington, Seattle; Soloist, Band Leader and Conductor of Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra; Alto, Tenor, and Soprano Saxophonist, Principal arranger, composer, and transcriber for the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra; Soloist, Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Soloist, Clarence Acox Sextet; and a composer for small combos. He also plays clarinet and flute.

From 1982-1987, Brockman served as Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Saxophone, Shenandoah University Winchester, Virginia.

He performed recitals and on international tours in France, Italy, Germany, and Croatia, including world premieres at the 1999 Reims Music Festival, 1999 Dubrovnik Music Festival, and 1992 World Saxophone Congress (Italy), 1992 Northwest Saxophone Symposium.  U.S. and premieres at the 1991 Stanford Computer Music Festival, 1990 New Music Across America Festival, 1990 CBDNA Conference (Las Vegas), and with the UW Contemporary Group. 

In February 2001 he took part in the West Coast Premiere Performance of Gunther Schuller's Sonate for Saxophone and Piano. In March 2001, performed a David Maslanka Saxophone Concerto.

He is also founder and leader of The Northwest Saxophone Quartet (jazz festival and club appearances, recordings broadcast widely over NW radio stations), and the Periscope Jazz Quartet, Washington, D.C. (numerous television, and radio appearances, weekly club performances).

From 1980-1982, he served as a saxophonist with the George Russell Big Band and The Medium Rare Big Band, both in Boston.

His wife Elizabeth Brockman is a classical vocalist.

SRJO Live (2002)

As sideperson:
Clarence Acox Quintet: Joanna's Dance (1991), Indigenous Groove (1992);
The Roadside Attraction Big Band: The Suspect (1989)

Classical recordings:
Composers in the Computer Age (Baritone, tenor and alto saxophone soloist on Richard Karpen's "Saxonomy")(1992)

Zeus and Roxanne (soprano saxophone soloist for film soundtrack, 1997)

A Jazz Jam Session, Periscope Jazz-Fusion Quartet Prime Television, 1 hour feature film broadcast (1984)

Featured on cover of the Saxophone Journal, including Eleven-page feature article (September/October 1999)
Sept. 2002 Jazz Steps Magazine
"Michael Brockman: SRJO Director Study in Saxophonesque" Part 1
Oct. 2002 Jazz Steps Magazine
"Michael Brockman: SRJO Director Study in Saxophonesque" Part 2

Honors and Awards:
1980    Jazz Soloist Scholarship Award, Oregon Jazz Society (for graduate study at N.E.C.)
1980 - 1982            Departmental Fellowship, New England Conservatory Established and directed third accredited jazz ensemble
 1991   Best Acoustic Jazz Group, awarded by Earshot Jazz for Clarence Acox Quintet, Michael Brockman tenor, soprano, and alto soloist.
1991    Best Jazz Recording, awarded by Earshot Jazz for Clarence Acox Quintet, Joanna's Dance, Michael Brockman tenor and alto saxophonist.
1992    Best Jazz Recording, awarded by Earshot Jazz for Clarence Acox Quintet, Indigenous Groove, Michael Brockman composer, and saxophonist.
1992            Concert of the Year, awarded by Earshot Jazz for producing and directing "An Evening with Duke Ellington at the UW."
1998            Concert of the Year, awarded by Earshot Jazz for the SRJO's "Tribute to Quincy Jones"
1999    Best Traditional Music Concert, Kirkland Performance Center
Starlight Awards for the SRJO's "Big Band Giants."
2000    Best Traditional Music Concert, Kirkland Performance Center Starlight Awards for the SRJO's "Birth of the Cool."

Significant Solo And Premiere Performances:
Mar 2001            David Maslanka Saxophone Concerto with University of Washington Wind Ensemble, Tim Salzman, conductor
Feb 2001            West Coast Premiere Performance Gunther Schuller's Sonate for Saxophone and Piano with Lisa Bergman
1999    Reims Music Festival, Reims France, featured saxophone soloist for premiere of Gil Seeley's The Second Coming.
1999            Dubrovnik Music Festival, Dubrovnik, Croatia, featured saxophone soloist for second premiere of Gil Seeley's The Second Coming.
1997            Premiere Performance Pacific NW Ballet/Peter Martin's Fearful Symmetries
Soprano saxophone soloist (repeated in 1999 and 2001)
1992            Premiere Performance James Beale's Sonata for Saxophone and Piano
Northwest Saxophone Symposium, Monroe, Oregon
1991             Premiere Performance Richard Karpen's Saxonomy for baritone, tenor and alto Saxophones with computer-realized accompaniment Stanford Computer Music Festival

Contact information:
Michael S. Brockman
Co-Director, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra
Tel. 206-616-6209
Faculty, School of Music
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195  USA

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