Brownie Speaks: Documentary of Clifford Brown


I just discovered a documentary about one of my favorite jazz trumpeters, Clifford Brown, called Brownie Speaks, which is also the name of one of Brown’s tunes.

Here are the only videos I could find so far. Did anyone go to one of the screenings or know more about it? I’d love to watch it, and I bet I’m not alone. Please share any info you might have so we all can benefit.

From the documentary’s web site:

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown made an outstanding and influential contribution to music. In an era when many musicians were emulating Charlie Parker’s drug abuse, Brown inspired others to achieve greatness while living a clean lifestyle. Ironically, he was killed in a car accident at the age of 25.

Brownie Speaks is the culmination of years of research by Wilmington-born jazz pianist Don Glanden, research that has included interviews with Brown’s friends, family, contemporaries, and admirers. Glanden’s son Brad edited Brownie Speaks using these interviews, along with archival materials and newly shot video footage.

The resulting feature-length documentary presents a richly detailed account of Brown’s life, and examines his historical importance in the context of three criteria–innovation, influence, and individuality.

There is a web site for the movie, and a YouTube channel that has shown a bit of activity in the past few weeks, but little else.  Here’s what I could find:

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