On to Philadelphia

Nick Catalano

in Clifford Brown

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195144000
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849017 | DOI:
                   On to Philadelphia

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By the time Clifford Brown was an upperclassman at Howard High, his musical pace had become frenetic. When not at school or with all of the bands and groups, he led jam sessions at 1013 Poplar Street. His reputation was developing, and musicians would arrive for the jam sessions at the Brown house from as far away as Philadelphia. His parents took notice, of course, but never objected to the hordes of players that would invade their house. At school, Brown began to arrange music for different jazz groups. Neighbor Bobby Burton, also a student of Boysie Lowery's, was part of the trio that Brown led with Donald Criss (Rashied Ali). Of all the musicians whom Brown encountered on his trips to Philadelphia, Fats Navarro was the one who would matter most to the young trumpeter. Benny Golson was another Philadelphia jazzman who played an important part in Brown's life. Billy Root also recalled a pivotal encounter Brown had with Charlie Parker.

Keywords: Clifford Brown; Philadelphia; jazz; Howard High; Bobby Burton; Fats Navarro; Benny Golson; Billy Root; Charlie Parker; Donald Criss

Chapter.  4205 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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