Clifford Brown

Born: October 30, 1930 | Died: June 26, 1956    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Clifford Brown

He was the most brilliant trumpet player of his generation, an original and memorable composer, a dynamic stage presence and one of the authentic legends of modern jazz.

Clifford Brown was born October 30, 1930 in Wilmington, Delaware. As a young high school student Brown began playing trumpet and within a very short time was active in college and other youth bands. By his late teens he had attracted the favorable attention of leading jazzmen, including fellow trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Fats Navarro.

At the end of the 40s he was studying music at Maryland University and in 1952, following recovery from a serious road accident, he made his first records with Chris Powell and Tadd Dameron. In the autumn of 1953 he was a member of the big band Lionel Hampton took to Europe. Liberally filled with precocious talent, this band attracted considerable attention during its tour. Contrary to contractual stipulations, many of the young musicians moonlighted on various recordings and Brown in particular was singled out for such sessions. Back in the USA, Brown was fired along with most of the rest of the band when Hampton learned of the records they had made. Brown then joined Art Blakey and in mid- 1954 teamed up with Max Roach to form the Clifford Brown- Max Roach Quintet. The quintet was quickly recognized as one of the outstanding groups in contemporary jazz and Brown as a major trumpeter and composer....
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Source: James Nadal

  • Clifford Brown with Strings
  • Lou Donaldson-Clifford Brown Quintet
  • Jay Jay Johnson Sextet
  • Clifford Brown Sextet
  • The Clifford Brown Quartet in Paris
  • The Complete Paris Sessions Vol. I
  • The Complete Paris Sessions Vol II
  • The Complete Paris Sessions Vol III
  • Art Blakey Quintet "Live At Birdland"
  • Study In Brown
  • The Beginning and the End
  • daahoud
  • The Best of Max Roach and Clifford Brown in Concert!
  • Sonny Rollins Plus Four
  • Brownie Lives! Max Roach - Clifford Brown Quintet Live at Basin Street and In Concert at Carnegie Hall
  • the complete blue note and pacific jazz recordings
  • B R O W N I E - The Complete EmArcy Recordings of Clifford Brown

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