He suffered from alcoholism, heroin addiction, and tuberculosis, and died from complications after a short illness in 1969. They recorded four songs, including Ida Red, Blue Boy, Darn That Dream, and I Come from Jamaica. With limited time in the documentary we had to make choices concerning what was most important to serve the underlying themes and fit the narrative. It's a piece that crosses all kinds of race and class and gender lines. He had gone to New York and returned with heroin, and the cops set up a trap for him.
. It was generally believed but not proven that the last night before he was killed he was recorded at Music City on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The head of the hospital sought funding to improve the situation, saying that the basement was a snake pit unfit for human habitation. I told her that when I was ten years old my father bought us a piano. Andrews helped him a great deal with the technical mastery of the trumpet. He is a young musician in age but already a comparatively mature one in ideas. When he matures in his own standards, I do believe he will be a major jazz influence.
So, Clifford's remarkable jazz recording career took place in only a three year period from 1953 to 1956. He truly had the spirit of the music. He graduated from Howard High in the spring of 1948, and didn't start at Delaware State College until the fall of 1949. Some of that, I take it, is in the booklet. He loved being around youngsters who were playing. I felt like almost fainted. He helped redefine the process used by musicians to play improvised solos based on chord extensions and their relationships to similar melodies.
As he lived his life, his fierce determination, his welcoming spirit, and the strength of his character all serve as examples for us all. Because almost everyone we talked to mixed up the night of the recording with the night Clifford was killed, so they got the wrong tunes and the wrong personnel, if indeed Clifford played there the night of his death. On June 26, 1956 Brownie died in a car crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Based on extensive interviews with Clifford Brown's family, friends, and fellow jazz musicians, here is a fascinating portrait of a remarkable musician. He died in a tragic car accident, Tuesday, June 26,1956, while traveling from Philadelphia to Chicago.
However the arrest of Philly Joe Jones received a lot of press. All three passengers were killed instantly. Of course this may have affected the memories that endured. His family disconnected his life support after 10 days in the hospital, and Havan eventually pled guilty to manslaughter. The accident killed the driver and his girlfriend.
It also makes one realize how much research was necessary to fill in the knowledge gaps about Clifford Brown's life and music. I had access to family, historical records, and many of the locations were in my home city. I wanted to check it out. Hard News For Hip Harry 5:03 6. Recording period between 1953-1954 Clifford Brown's death in a car accident at the age of 25 was one of the great tragedies in jazz history. We decided not to include it in the documentary but we did cover it in the 28-page liner notes.
I saw that she died at the Delaware State Hospital, which is a mental hospital in Farnhurst. That was in the summer of 1951, and Clifford had just recently recovered from the car accident from which he was laid up for about a year. Some of the historical discoveries can be found in the booklet, and we also put together an extraordinary time line from the day Clifford was born until his death including, for example, the bookings where Clifford performed with , and important details about recordings and other significant details of his life and career. This was undoubtedly a direct result of the attitude and business approach of the two co-leaders. The collection features poetry, essays, speeches, articles. He eventually began taking lessons from his high school band director, Harry Andrews, at Howard High School.
However, I was in need of a digital video editor to complete the project and realize the vision. Other contributors included Alice Walker, James Baldwin, W. We shared news of that discovery with and he included the correction in his book about Clifford. We always traveled with the baby even though he was so young, because Clifford insisted that we be a family all the time. And Ben Cashman, the manager of the Aces of Rhythm, a trumpet player himself, upon hearing Clifford play at the time at which he began to study with Mr. Even before graduating high school, Brown was playing in and around Philadelphia, which was only 27 miles away from Wilmington.