The Brink of Disaster

Nick Catalano

in Clifford Brown

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195144000
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849017 | DOI:
                   The Brink of Disaster

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Clifford Brown sought new opportunities in Philadelphia. He had been playing at jam sessions for quite a while and had established himself strongly enough so that he thought about forming his own group. Dizzy Gillespie contacted Max Roach, who had established himself as the leading drummer of the new bebop school. Roach had played on Charlie Parker and Gillespie's classic bebop recordings and later with Miles Davis. In September 1949, Brown went back to school on a new campus and totally new environment. Maryland State College, again an all-black school, had an excellent music department, and there was an active jazz scene. On the evening of June 6, 1950, after a particularly successful outing, Brown and three of his cohorts were involved in a car accident. After a year of recuperation, Brown resumed playing the trumpet. Soon he found employment, and his fattest paychecks soon began rolling in, albeit from an unlikely source—a rhythm ‘n’ blues pop star named Chris Powell.

Keywords: Clifford Brown; jazz; Philadelphia; trumpet; Dizzy Gillespie; Max Roach; car accident; Maryland State College; Chris Powell

Chapter.  4671 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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