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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.

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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Bassics: Best of Ray Brown Trio 1977-2000

Bassics: Best of Ray...

Concord Music Group
2006

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Summer Wind

Summer Wind

Kingston Records
2005

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Walk On

Walk On

Telarc Records
2004

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Walk On

Walk On

Telarc Records
2003

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Jazz Cello

Abracadabra Music
2003

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Some Of My Best Friends Are...Singers

Some Of My Best...

Telarc Records
2003

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