In Memory of Stuart Brooks

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Today we celebrate the life of a great NYJO Alumn, the wonderful trumpet player, Stuart Brooks.

We’re saddened to hear the news of the passing of Stuart Brooks, the incredible trumpeter and revered NYJO band-member.

Stuart was a member of NYJO during the 1970s, most notably playing on the album ‘Mary Rose‘, released in 1979. A gifted lead trumpet player, he went on to have a prolific and successful career in the commercial music world, playing for a incredible array of artists, such as Grace Jones, Elton John, Tom Jones, George Michael, Björk, Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, and many more.

In Memory of Stuart Brooks
Stuart’s playing can be found on the classic NYJO album “Mary Rose”.

Film fans would’ve also come across Stuarts playing (albeit unknowingly) through his impressive soundtrack work. Stuart’s trumpet can be heard in films such as Bridget Jones’ Diary, Chicago and nine different films from the James Bond franchise. He is also a featured soloist on themes for well know TV shows, ‘Dalziel and Pascoe’ and ‘Bergerac’.

He was continually supportive of young musicians starting up. Giving them advice, as well as opportunities to play professionally. He will be sorely missed.

Trevor Mires (Musician, Educator)

A prolific big band musician, Stuart performed with some of the most high-profile and artistically oriented band leaders in the field, such as George Russell, Matthew Herbert, Mike Westbrook and many others.

Stuart playing with George Russell’s Living Time Orchestra (May 8, 1999)

We send our deepest condolences to Stuart’s friends and family.

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