Composer, conductor, performer and teacher, Rob McKenzie brings to his work a lifetime of experience in the Vancouver music scene. His interest in composition stems from early experimentation with pop, rock, and jazz improvisation. This lead to jazz and classical training in Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Toronto, culminating in a Masters degree in music composition from the University of British Columbia.
McKenzie's works, among them Indigo, Bala de Plata, Veils, Fiddlehead Shuffle, and Vicious Circle have been recorded and performed on CBC Radio, Pro-Musica's Sonic Boom series, as well as the Vancouver and Montreal International Jazz festivals and the 2002 Festival Vancouver.* Recent completed works include commissions for the Festival Vancouver Jazz Orchestra, the Little Chamber Music Series That Could, Richmond Secondary School, and the North American Saxophone Alliance. He is an Associate member of the Canadian Music Centre and his works are published by Warwick Music.
As a trombonist, Rob has performed with orchestras, chamber ensembles, big bands, jazz and rock groups, played in concerts, musicals, with touring groups and on studio sessions for television and radio with Phil Woods, Bud Shank, Maynard Ferguson, Slide Hampton, Bill Waltrous, Louie Bellson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Clark Terry, Kenny Wheeler, Natalie Cole, Hugh Fraser, Phil Nimmons, Phil Woods, Bud Shank and Rob McConnell.* A regular with the Alan Matheson Septet, he also leads his own group Solid Brass, a jazz nonet featuring five of the West Coast's finest trombonists.
In his role as educator, Rob has taught composition, trombone, theory, world music, jazz pedagogy, large and small ensembles at Capilano University since 1989.