|Birth: ||Feb. 14, 1935|
|Death: ||May 1, 2010|
Jazz Musician. Founder of the big band The Boss Brass, considered by many one of Canada's greatest jazz ensembles. Born Robert Murray Gordon McConnell, he was raised in Toronto where he learned to play the valve trombone while attending high school during the early 1950s. Mentored by the renowned teacher Gordon Delamont, he began playing professionally in London-area clubs and steadily acquired fame working in the bands of Bobby Gimby and Maynard Ferguson. In 1968 he formed The Boss Brass which featured many of the countries most talented musicians, including Don Thompson, Ian McDougall, Rick Wilkins and Guido Basso. As their popularity grew beyond Canada's borders during the 1970s and 1980s, they recorded more than 30 albums and won a Grammy Award for the record "All in Good Time" (1984). Recording under the Concord Label, they had a highly successful collaboration with vocalist Mel Torme. McConnell was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1997, and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998. He died from cancer. (bio by: C.S.)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: May 04, 2010
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