Back to the East

Nick Catalano

in Clifford Brown

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195144000
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849017 | DOI:
                   Back to the East

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For the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet, planning a jazz tour represented a significant challenge. It was decided early on that the tour had to be based in the Northeast. There were many more clubs and concert halls, the press was centered there, and the co-leaders had their most loyal followers there. This decision was going to be difficult for Harold Land and George Morrow, who were California residents and would be away from home for long periods. The quintet was booked into the Blackhawk in San Francisco for two weeks beginning September 13. The club was one of the great homes of bebop during the period, and the positive reactions of the audiences gave the group new confidence. After this gig they flew east. Clifford Brown and LaRue Anderson would set up housekeeping in Philadelphia, and from there it would be easier to reach the eastern and midwestern jazz meccas. When Clifford and LaRue arrived in Wilmington in the early fall, they had to take care of family matters.

Keywords: Clifford Brown; Max Roach; LaRue Anderson; jazz; Northeast; Wilmington; tour; Harold Land; George Morrow; quintet

Chapter.  8156 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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