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Boysie Lowery and Howard High

Nick Catalano

in Clifford Brown

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195144000
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849017 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195144000.003.0002
                   Boysie Lowery and Howard High

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In addition to its being a neighborhood that would produce future doctors, lawyers, and academics, the Wilmington east side also spawned more than its share of artists and musicians. One of the main forces in the east side's musical life was Robert Lowery, also known as “Boysie”. A musical natural, Lowery learned to play the trumpet in six months. Clifford Brown was a junior high school student when he was brought to Lowery. Soon after he began studying with Lowery, Brown joined a jazz group that the latter organized to stimulate interest in jazz among the younger musicians in town. The group was dubbed The Little Dukes. By age fifteen, Brown attended the high school division of Howard High, a junior-senior high institution. It was in this school that Brown's musical horizons expanded considerably. When he was playing in the senior high school marching band at Howard, the school hired two new teachers, Harry Andrews and Sam Wooding.

Keywords: Clifford Brown; Wilmington; musicians; jazz; trumpet; Boysie Lowery; Howard High; The Little Dukes; Harry Andrews; Sam Wooding

Chapter.  4010 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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