Join WKCR on air this Wednesday, October 30th as we dedicate 24 hours of programming to legendary trumpeter Clifford “Brownie” Brown!
Born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1930, Brown drew much of his influence from the innovative Fats Navarro, who mentored Brown in his early years in Philadelphia. Much like Navarro, Brown became quickly known for his signature warm, round tone, his tasteful improvisation, and his distinct bebop sensibility. By the early 1950s, Brown was performing with the likes of Tadd Dameron, Lionel Hampton, and Art Blakey, among others. Soon enough, Brown had formed a quintet with drummer Max Roach, a band now renowned as one of, if not the premiere hard bop bands of the time. Tragically, in 1956, Brown died at the young age of 25 in a car accident with pianist Richie Powell and Powell's wife Nancy.
In his short but influential career, Brown led and contributed to some of the greatest ensembles and recordings in jazz history, leaving behind an enormous imprint on the genres of bebop and hard bop, as well as the art of jazz trumpet.
Tune in and listen with us this Wednesday as we honor the life and legacy of Clifford Brown!