Timeline: Both Randy & Michael had prolific recording careers with groups such as Blood Sweat & Tears, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkle, John Lennon, Aerosmith, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, Parliment, Todd Rundgren, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Dan Fogelberg, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Daltrey, Cameo and many others.
Michael Brecker performed with leading jazz artists in his career including Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorious, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Charles Mingus. Randy performed with Horace Silver, Hubert Laws, Don Sebesky, Patti Austin, Michael Franks,Yusef Lateef, WDR Big Band. Orchestral works composed by Claus Ogerman and Gil Goldstein.
The first group that Randy & Michael formed was Dreams in 1969. The band performed original rock, funk soul music with a strong jazz influence and featured Barry Rogers- trombone, Billy Cobham- drums, Jeff Kent- keyboards, Doug Lubahn-bass, Michael Brecker- saxophone and Randy Brecker- trumpet & flugelhorn..
The Brecker Brothers Band was formed in the early 1970's. Randy Brecker added his brother Michael to secure the bands first record deal, Randy and Michael performed sensationally together recording eight albums and collaborating on a huge repertoire of music until Michael Brecker left the music world, after a heroic battle with Leukemia in 2007.
Steps Ahead was formed in 1979 by vibraphonist & composer Mike Mainieri to perform at the Brecker's club "Seventh Avenue South" located in the West Village of NYC. The orginal lineup was Mike Mainieri-vibes Michael Brecker-tenor saxophone, Steve Gadd-drums, Don Grolnick-piano, Eddie Gomez-bass, and Kazumi Watanabe-guitar.
Steps Ahead led by Mike Mainieri and The Brecker Brothers Tribute under the leadership of Randy Brecker continue to perform worldwide.
Collectively Michael & Randy Brecker have performed with the following world-class line up of musicians.
Drums: Steve Gadd, Rodney Holmes,Tony Bozzio, Richie Morales, Peter Erskine, Billy Cobham, Dennis Chambers, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, Harvey Mason, Lenny White, Chris Parker, Steve Jordan, Jeff Watts, Adam Nusbaum, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Jack Dejohnnette
Piano: George Whitty, Jim Beard, Warren Bernhardt, George Duke, Jeff Kent, Joey Calderazzo, Don Grolnik, Doug Riley, Elaine Elias, Rachel Z, Kenny Kirkland, Larry Goldings, Brad Mehldau, Dave Brubeck, Dave Grusin, McCoy Tyner
Guitar: Mike Stern, Steve Kahn, Hiram Bullock, Bob Mann, Barry Finnerty, Chuck Loeb, Dean Brown, Adam Rogers, Bryan Baker, Mitch Stein, John Abercrombie
Bass: Neil Jason, James Genus, Will Lee, Doug Lubahn, Eddie Gomez, Richard Bona, Marcus Miller, Daryl Jones, Victor Bailey,Tony Levin, Anthony Jackson, Etienne Mbappe, Chris Minh Doky, John Patitucci, Jaco Pastorios
Saxophone: Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, Mike Mintzer, Dave Sanborn, Bill Evans, Herb Geller, Donny McCaslin, Ada Rovatti, Bobby Mallick
Trombone: Barry Rogers, Steve Turre
Tuba Howard Johnson
Trumpet: Randy Brecker, Chris Rogers, Lew Soloff
Percussion: Sammy Figueroa, Ralph MacDonald, Don Alias, Airto Moreira
Vibes: Mike Mainieri, Gary Burton
Big Band: WDR Koln