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Michael Brooker

Biography

MICHAEL BROOKER (Trombone) This week’s featured artist is trombonist Michael Brooker, who participated in our Youth Big Band program in 2008-9.

While completing a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto, Michael worked with a variety of artists including Allen Vizzutti, Alastair Kay, Gordon Wolfe, Chase Sanborn, Terry Promane, Mike Murley, David Liebman, Jim Lewis, Donny McCaslin, and Kirk MacDonald. During this period, he also recorded with two ensembles that released albums in 2013: Reflections features saxophonist Mike Murley with the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra; Rebirth features the University of Toronto 12tet led by Terry Promane, and includes one of Brooker’s compositions.

Since graduating, Michael has established himself on the Toronto music scene, performing jazz, classical pop, salsa, indie, and ska at venues including Roy Thomson Hall, Massey Hall, Rogers Centre, the Rex Hotel, the Jane Mallett Theatre, Old Mill Inn, Lula Lounge, Horseshoe Tavern, and the Opera House.

An accomplished composer and arranger, Michael has written for a variety of musical configurations in the jazz and classical idioms, including a ten-piece all-brass medley of the music of Michael Jackson for solo tuba. Brooker’s latest project is leading MB10, which is a ten-piece ensemble that is performing in the Toronto area in preparation for a recording in the near future.

 Michael was a member of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band in 2008-9.