Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Randy  Brecker

class of 1963
inducted in 1996

Randy Brecker

Grammy Award-winning Jazz Artist

Cheltenham High School's Class of 1963 voted its own Randy Brecker "best all-around instrumentalist." After three years at Indiana University and one at New York University, Brecker began his prolific and innovative musical career when he co-founded Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Brecker left the group after a year to join the Horace Silver Quintet. The Quintet's Score album was Brecker's first recording as a band leader, and featured his 19-year-old brother Michael on tenor sax. After Horace Silver, Brecker co-lead the pioneering jazz/rock groups that would make him known as one of the architects of fusion: Dreams and the Brecker Brothers. Dreams, the more short-lived of the two, recorded two adventurous and wildly acclaimed albums before disbanding in 1971. The Brecker Brothers, however, lasted for six years, making six albums and receiving seven Grammy nominations for their innovative blend of jazz, electrified rock, and funk. Michael's trumpet performances have graced albums by James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Frank Zappa. Ten years after going separate ways, the Brecker Brothers reunited to produce a triple-Grammy nominated recording, The Return of the Brecker Brothers. In the fall of 1994, the Brecker Brothers released the double-Grammy winning Out of the Loop. More recently, Randy Brecker earned a Grammy in the Contemporary Jazz Performance category for "Into the Sun". In 1997, Randy and Michael Brecker were honored with bronze plaques on the Avenue of the Arts' Walk of Fame by the Philadelphia Music Alliance.