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Brofsky, Howard

Brofsky, Howard, cornet, trumpet, mellophone, b. Brooklyn, NY, 2 May 1927. He studied trumpet with Nat Prager of the NY Philharmonic and briefly with Frankie Newton, composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris 1954-55.

He's a Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York, Graduate School and Queens College. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, University of British Columbia, Boston University, and the University of Oslo.

Brofsky's first recording dates from Paris, 1955, with George Johnson and his Orchestra. After which he retired from performing, devoting himself to musicological studies. Brofsky returned to jazz performance in 1974, performing frequently as a leader and with artist Larry Rivers and the East Thirteenth Street band (recording, 1985) and the Climax Band. While at Queens College, Brofsky initiated an M.A. Program in Jazz Performance and was instrumental in the College's establishment of the Louis Armstrong House and Archives. A recent CD, 73 down: drbebop, includes a number of well-known jazz musicians, and has been critically acclaimed.

Brofsky moved to Vermont in 1992, where he frequently performs and succeeded Attila Zoller as President of the Vermont Jazz Center.

Brofsky is the author (with Jeanne Bamberger, MIT) of The Art of Listening: Developing Musical Perception (Harper and Row, 5th ed., 1988), a widely used textbook. He has written numerous articles on eighteenth century Italian music (a number of entries in the new Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians) as well as on jazz (including entries in the American National Biography).

Contact information:
Address: 684 Bonnyvale Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301

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