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Ray Brown Trio

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In the many years that Ray Brown made music, he played in every major night club and concert hall in the world. Recognized for decades as the world’s premier bassist, he performed with numerous recording greats including Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Peggy Lee.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1926, his formal musical training on piano at age eight. By the time Brown was in high school, he had already become an accomplished pianist. Thinking that the bass would be easier than the piano, Brown began playing it by ear and soon was playing professionally around town. After high school, Brown joined the Jimmy Hinsely Sextet and traveled with the group for six months. The following year, he joined the Snookum Russell band, playing larger clubs throughout the United States. He left Russell’s band at age 20 to make his way as a freelance musician in New York City.

Ray Brown’s reputation as an accomplished musician preceded him to New York. Immediately upon his arrival, he was asked by Dizzy Gillespie to play a rehearsal. Dizzy was so impressed with Brown that he hired him on the spot. He played in Dizzy’s band for the next two years with Charlie Parker and Bud Powell. His experiences with Dizzy Gillespie led Ray around the world, playing, learning and composing his own music. In 1948, Brown left the band to form his own trio with Hank Jones and Charlie Smith.

During those early big band years, Brown discovered Jazz at the Philharmonic—and was himself discovered by Norman Granz. Later in his career, Brown toured with JATP for 18 years, appearing in nearly every major club nd concert hall throughout Europe, Asia and the U.

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  • leisan1

    может быть у кого нибудь есть ноты, нотные записи музыки???

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • ankasun79

    why is this in my charts ... i never listend to them ... and I cant delate this

    31 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Haynzy

    One of my musical heroes !

    9 Nov 2008 Reply
  • qadzuki3

    What else can I say? The best

    3 May 2006 Reply

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