Multiple Grammy® Award-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker has been a staple of The Jazz Cruise and in the jazz, R&B and rock worlds for over four decades, gracing hundreds of albums of notables like James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Parliament/Funkadelic, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. In 1966, as a member of Indiana University’s Big Band, he traveled throughout the Middle East and Asia for three months on a tour sponsored by the State Department. Upon moving to New York after college, he appeared with Clark Terry’s Big Bad Band, the Duke Pearson Big Band and the Thad Jones Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra.
Following a stint with the band Blood, Sweat and Tears, he joined the Horace Silver Quintet and, later, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers before teaming up with his brother, Michael, a tenor saxophonist, as well as Barry Rogers, Billy Cobham and John Abercrombie as fusion group ‘Dreams.’ In 1975, Randy and Michael created the Brecker Brothers Band, releasing six albums and earning seven Grammy® nominations until disbanding in 1981. In spite of Michael’s death in 2004, Randy has continued releasing tribute albums and holding reunion tours with remaining members of Becker Brothers Band. His wife, Ada Rovatti, often fills in on tenor and soprano saxophone. Randy also plays the flugelhorn, composes and is an avid music educator.