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October 9, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
Sometimes our images of public personalities differ radically from their own reality. Rob McConnell, the composer, arranger and valve trombonist long respected as leader of Canada's best and best-known big band, the Boss Brass, typifies that disparity. His 22-man ensemble has built a library of music now played throughout the United States by thousands of students in hundreds of colleges. Records by the Toronto-based band have enjoyed considerable U.S.
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May 16, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Rob McConnell, a celebrated composer, arranger and valve trombonist who led the Boss Brass, one of Canada's best and best-known big bands, has died. He was 75. McConnell, a three-time Grammy winner, died May 1 at a Toronto hospital, his family announced. He had cancer, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences said on its website. Although he formed the band in 1968, it was almost unknown to American audiences until 1981, when McConnell brought the 21-man ensemble to California for a series of concerts, The Times reported in 1981.
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May 16, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Rob McConnell, a celebrated composer, arranger and valve trombonist who led the Boss Brass, one of Canada's best and best-known big bands, has died. He was 75. McConnell, a three-time Grammy winner, died May 1 at a Toronto hospital, his family announced. He had cancer, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences said on its website. Although he formed the band in 1968, it was almost unknown to American audiences until 1981, when McConnell brought the 21-man ensemble to California for a series of concerts, The Times reported in 1981.
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September 5, 1998 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This year marks the 30th anniversary of trombonist Rob McConnell's Boss Brass, the powerhouse big band known for its smart arranging and sterling play. "But I guess it was 32 years ago when the idea first came," Grammy-winner McConnell explained in a recent phone call from his home outside Toronto. McConnell headlines Sunday when the West Coast Jazz Party concludes its three-night stay at the Irvine Marriott.
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May 21, 1989 | LEONARD FEATHER
"You simply have to go to the Otter Crest party. The music is different, and the setting is idyllic." When one has heard endorsements along these lines from jazzman after jazzman, it eventually becomes embarrassing not to act on their recommendation. As it turned out, the Otter Crest Jazz Weekend was everything that had been promised. The Inn at Otter Crest, a resort hotel six miles north of Newport and 50 miles northwest of Eugene, is a rambling collection of timbered buildings clinging to the hilly shoreline, surrounded on three sides by hundreds of pine and fir trees, on the fourth by the Pacific Ocean.
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September 5, 1998 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This year marks the 30th anniversary of trombonist Rob McConnell's Boss Brass, the powerhouse big band known for its smart arranging and sterling play. "But I guess it was 32 years ago when the idea first came," Grammy-winner McConnell explained in a recent phone call from his home outside Toronto. McConnell headlines Sunday when the West Coast Jazz Party concludes its three-night stay at the Irvine Marriott.
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October 31, 1996 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rob McConnell, the Canadian valve trombonist, composer and arranger, is never far from a quip. So since McConnell is most often heard in his 22-piece Boss Brass big band, he had a zinger to describe his upcoming gig as a soloist with Danny Pucillo's trio. "It'll be a very small brass section," he said. "That old gang of mine is me." Happily, McConnell makes music as easily, and as warmly, as he makes people laugh.
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June 13, 1986
Here is the order of apperance for the acts at the Playboy Jazz Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The lineup is subject to change. Saturday, 2:30 to 11 p.m.: Cal State Long Beach Jazz Band; Newport All-Stars with George Wein, Slam Stewart and others; Rare Silk; Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers; George Howard; Yellowjackets; Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass; Mel Torme; Miles Davis; Andrae Crouch. Sunday, 2 p.m. 10:30 p.m.: Hennessy Jazz Search winner; L.A.
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February 15, 1986 | LEONARD FEATHER
Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone and Miles Davis will be among the headliners at the eighth-annual Playboy Jazz Festival at Hollywood Bowl, producer George Wein announced Thursday. This year's lineup is unusually heavy in first appearances. On opening day, June 14 (a Saturday), only Miles Davis, Mel Torme and Art Blakey will be previous participants.
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June 6, 1999 | DON HECKMAN
Highlights of his recording career. "The Mel Torme Collection" (Rhino). Includes some of Torme's early recordings with his Mel-Tones, as well as his mid-1950s work with the Marty Paich Dek-tette. "The Torme Touch" and "Mel Torme Sings Fred Astaire" (Bethlehem). Both with the Paich Dek-tette, a group that blended perfectly with Torme's style of the mid-'50s. In the latter album, Torme makes a smooth connection with Astaire's subtle but inherent sense of swing.
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October 31, 1996 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rob McConnell, the Canadian valve trombonist, composer and arranger, is never far from a quip. So since McConnell is most often heard in his 22-piece Boss Brass big band, he had a zinger to describe his upcoming gig as a soloist with Danny Pucillo's trio. "It'll be a very small brass section," he said. "That old gang of mine is me." Happily, McConnell makes music as easily, and as warmly, as he makes people laugh.
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October 9, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
Sometimes our images of public personalities differ radically from their own reality. Rob McConnell, the composer, arranger and valve trombonist long respected as leader of Canada's best and best-known big band, the Boss Brass, typifies that disparity. His 22-man ensemble has built a library of music now played throughout the United States by thousands of students in hundreds of colleges. Records by the Toronto-based band have enjoyed considerable U.S.
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April 1, 2001
Moe Koffman, 72, a Canadian jazz player best known for his breezy 1950s flute hit "Swinging Shepherd Blues." Koffman, a saxophonist as well as a flutist, recorded dozens of albums and played with jazz stars such as Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Dorsey and Doc Severinsen in a five-decade career. For a time, he was the principal soloist with Rob McConnell's Boss Brass. Born Morris Koffman in Toronto in 1928, he began playing violin at age 9 and alto saxophone, clarinet and flute at 13.
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September 4, 2006 | Hilary E. MacGregor, Times Staff Writer
THE shedding and chewing of shoes may be the least of the family dog's transgressions. Asthmatic children who lived with dogs coughed more, produced more phlegm and had more bronchial responses to air pollutants than those with no pets, or those who lived only with cats, according to research that appeared last week in Environmental Health Perspectives. Dr.
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