Although he died in a tragic car accident at twenty-five, Clifford Brown is widely considered one of the most important figures in the history of jazznow, in this absorbing work, Nick Catalano gives us the first major biography of this musical giant.
Based on extensive interviews with Brown's family, friends, and fellow jazz musicians, this is a fascinating portrait of a remarkable musician. Catalano colorfully depicts Brown's life, showing how he developed a dazzling technique that few jazz players have equaled. We read of his meteoric rise in Philadelphia, his tour of Europe with Lionel Hampton, and his formation of the Brown-Roach Quintet with prominent drummer Max Roach. The book also features an informed analysis of Brown's major recorded solos, highlighting his originality and revealing why he remains such a great influence today.
About the Author
A University Performing Arts director and Professor of Music and Literature at Pace University, Dr. Nick Catalano has played, produced, taught and written about jazz throughout his life. He has also had an extensive television career as a writer-producer of films and documentaries. Dr. Catalano lives and writes in New York and East Hampton.
Table of Contents
|1||The Brown Family of Wilmington||3|
|2||Boysie Lowery and Howard High||16|
|3||On to Philadelphia||28|
|4||The Brink of Disaster||40|
|5||Rhythm 'n' Blues||53|
|6||The Month of June||65|
|7||European High Jinks||76|
|8||New York and Home||98|
|10||Brown and Roach, Inc.||122|
|11||Back to the East||136|
|Selected and Annotated Discography||197|