By Nick Catalano
Even supposing he died in a sad vehicle twist of fate at twenty-five, Clifford Brown is generally one in all crucial figures within the historical past of jazz, a trumpet participant who ranks with Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis, and a number one impact on modern jazz musicians. Now, in Clifford Brown: The existence and paintings of the mythical Jazz Trumpeter, Nick Catalano provides us the 1st significant biography of this musical monstrous.
in line with large interviews with Clifford Brown's family members, neighbors, and fellow jazz musicians, here's a attention-grabbing portrait of a awesome musician. Catalano depicts Brown's formative years, exhibiting how he built a facility and awesome procedure that few jazz avid gamers have ever equaled. We learn of his meteoric upward push in Philadelphia, the place he performed with a number of the major jazz avid gamers of the Nineteen Fifties, together with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker; his travel of Europe with Lionel Hampton, which made him recognized; and his formation of the Brown-Roach Quintet with admired drummer Max Roach--one of the most well-liked demanding bop combinations of the day. Catalano additionally exhibits that Brown used to be a notable individual--he grew up in a middle-class African-American domestic in Wilmington, Delaware, attended collage, was once a talented mathematician, and had vast cultural pursuits. in addition, in an period while so much jazz avid gamers have been both alcoholics or addicts, Brown used to be clean-living and drug loose. certainly, he turned a job version for musicians who have been being affected by medicinal drugs and had nice impression during this region with one popular colleague, tenor sax participant Sonny Rollins.
Clifford Brown not just presents a colourful account of Brown's existence, but in addition good points an educated research of his significant recorded solos, highlighting Brown's originality and revealing why he continues to be an exceptional impact on trumpet gamers this day. it's a e-book that anybody with a major curiosity in jazz may want to personal.
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Because of the Walnut Street Y, the Odd Fellows Temple, Brinkley's Pool Hall, the ball fields and picnics at Kirkwood Park, and the Armory for dances, the east siders had a much richer social and cultural life than many inner city youths have today. Back at Howard High, Clifford Brown's musical horizons were expanding considerably. He now played in the senior high school marching band at Howard, and during this time the school hired two new teachers, Harry Andrews and Sam Wooding. "I can't remember having a bad teacher at Howard High," recalled Cynthia Gates, a 1953 graduate who remembers Harry Andrews as the epitome of this teaching tradition.
This On to Philadelphia / 33 would place the meeting somewhere about 1946. "He sounded good even then," added Golson. Of all the musicians whom Brownie encountered on his trips to Philadelphia, Fats Navarro was the one who would matter most to the young trumpeter. Born of Cuban, Chinese, and black parentage in Key West, Florida, on September 24, 1923, Theodore "Fats" Navarro played piano and tenor saxophone as a youth. By age seventeen, however, he was playing trumpet and performing with dance bands.
Of all the musicians whom Brownie encountered on his trips to Philadelphia, Fats Navarro was the one who would matter most to the young trumpeter. Born of Cuban, Chinese, and black parentage in Key West, Florida, on September 24, 1923, Theodore "Fats" Navarro played piano and tenor saxophone as a youth. By age seventeen, however, he was playing trumpet and performing with dance bands. He played with Snookum Russell and toured in 1943 with Andy Kirk's jazz orchestra, which then included trumpeter Howard McGhee.