The Brown Family of Wilmington

Nick Catalano

in Clifford Brown

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195144000
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849017 | DOI:
                   The Brown Family of Wilmington

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The Brown family lived in a row house built before the turn of the century, in a modest Wilmington neighborhood that remains charming to the present day. The father of eight children, Joe Brown wanted his children to follow his interest in music. Four of his sons he was trying to organize into a vocal quartet. Many of the Delaware east siders struggled fiercely to overcome the legacy of unjust laws governing education and social and economic status, but the toughness woven into their ethos because of slavery gave them enormous strength. Often this strength manifested itself in social behavior. Thus, despite the intense musical atmosphere in the Brown home, Clifford had no noticeable interest. His desire was more to possess the shiny silver trumpet than to play it. Jazz saxophonist James Moody, two years older than Clifford, had a similar experience growing up in Newark, New Jersey.

Keywords: Clifford Brown; Joe Brown; Wilmington; music; slavery; trumpet; jazz; James Moody

Chapter.  4734 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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