Fonds 18 - Rob McConnell fonds

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Rob McConnell fonds


  • 1974-2003 (Creation)

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1.5 m of textual records (8 boxes)

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Biographical history

Rob McConnell was a trombonist, composer, and arranger. He was born in London, Ontario on February 14, 1935 and died in Toronto, Ontario on May 1, 2010. McConnell grew up in Toronto before moving to Edmonton, Alberta in 1954 to play with Don (DT) Thompson's band. He later performed as a pianist with Alex Lazaroff's Rhythm Rockets; with Gordon Delamont's rehearsal band; and as a trombonist with Bobby Gimby. In 1964, he worked in New York with Maynard Ferguson's big band, before returning to Toronto. In 1968, he formed the Boss Brass, one of Canada’s most successful jazz ensembles. In 1997, he reorganized the Boss Brass into the Rob McConnell Tentet, with whom he release three recordings (Rob McConnell Tentet, 2000; Thank You, Ted, 2002; and, Music of the Twenties, 2003).

Archival history

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Acquired by the Music Library in 1999.

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Scope and content

Fonds includes manuscript scores of compositions and arrangements written for Boss Brass recordings. All arrangements are by Rob McConnell. The fonds also includes some original compositions by McConnell. Scores are assigned dates based on the date of recording by Boss Brass, and later by the Rob McConnell Tentet.

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Published scores and parts of McConnell compositions and arrangements are held in the performance collection at the University of Toronto Music Library.

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Previously titled "Archives Collection 18: Rob McConnell." Reference code (18) removed from the title of the collection July 30, 2019.

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Archives Collection 18

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Revised, and file-level descriptions added from DB Text, August 20, 2019.




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