Jazz Artist of the Week
Clifford Brown - "Brownie"
Clifford Brown began making his mark professionally upon traveling to Philadelphia and sitting in with jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro and Charlie Parker, who credited himself with discovering Brown. The bebop sound that Charlie Parker created morphed with Clifford Brown's style of attacking every note, and came to be called "hard bop." What was equally noted, alongside Brown's virtuoso ability, was his nature—kind, hard-working, clean-living, committed to excellence and humble—a counterpoint to the stereotypical jazz musician's reputation. On June 27th 1956, Clifford Brown was killed in a car crash along with his piano player, Richie Powell and Powell's wife Nancy. He was only 25 years old and yet still made a huge influence on the world of jazz.