Happy Birthday, Clifford!

Clifford Brown gettin' into it!
Clifford Brown (10/30/1930 – 6/26/1956)

Clifford Brown’s birthday is today. He was born October 30th in 1930 and died in a car accident a mere 26 years later. In that short time he did amazing musical things with his trumpet. Still my favorite trumpeter. Gonna dust off my transcription chops and play through his solo on Sandu today in his honor. I heard that solo and simply had to learn it. Sandu was my first . What a musician! Check out his EmArcy Master Takes on Spotify here.

And here’s a transcription of his solo on Sandu at JazzTrumpetSolos.com ( a great site!), but I’d recommend learning it by ear if you can. Only use this if you’re totally stuck. You’ll be better for it, I promise. Great solo.

Happy birthday, Mr. Brown!

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Here’s some of the only footage of the man blowing on the Soupy Sales variety show.

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