- 1974-2003 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
1.5 m of textual records (16 boxes)
Name of creator
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).
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
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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Uploaded finding aid
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Items scanned and available (by request): My Bells / Evans, Bill, 1929-1980 (18 : 12.9) ; Stella by starlight / Young, Victor, 1900-1956 (18 : 11.4)
Related units of description
Previously titled "Archives Collection 18: Rob McConnell." Reference code (18) removed from the title of the collection July 30, 2019.