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Ray Brown

Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Born: October 13, 1926 | Died: July 2, 2002    

Ray Brown was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and had piano lessons from the age of eight. After noticing how many pianists attended his high school, he thought of taking up the trombone, but was unable to afford one. With a vacancy in the high school jazz orchestra, he took up the double bass [1].

A major early influence on Brown's bass playing was the bassist in the Duke Ellington band, Jimmy Blanton. As a young man Ray Brown became steadily more well known in the Pittsburgh jazz scene, with his first experiences playing in bands with the Jimmy Hinsley Sextet and the Snookum Russel band. After graduating from high school, hearing stories about the burgeoning jazz scene on 52nd Street, in New York City, he bought a one way ticket to New York....
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    Summer Wind

    Kingston Records
    2005
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    Walk On

    Telarc Records
    2004
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    Walk On

    Telarc Records
    2003
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    Some Of My Best Friends Are...Singers

    Telarc Records
    2003
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    Jazz Cello

    Abracadabra Music
    2003
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    The Best Of The Concord Years

    Abracadabra Music
    2002
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    Some of My Best Friends are...Guitarists

    Telarc Records
    2002
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