Marshall Brown

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Marshall Richard Brown (* 21st December 1920 in Framingham , Massachusetts ; † 13. December 1983 in New York City ) was an American jazz - trombone , music teacher , songwriter and bandleader; he directed the International Youth Band .

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Marshall Brown's father was a vaudeville artist who performed as a magician, his mother played the piano in silent film theaters. At the age of nine he began to play the guitar autodidactically, at 16 he switched to the valve trombone . He completed his studies in 1949 cum laude at the New York University and acquired in 1953 at Columbia University the Master of Arts .

Even during his studies he worked with his own formations and in 1949/51 led the school band at East Rockaway High School . While teaching at Farmingdale High School on Long Island , he organized a dance band with which he performed with Gerry Mulligan's quartet at a benefit concert for victims of the 1956 Hungarian uprising . In 1957, Brown successfully introduced the school band at the Newport Jazz Festival . He then became a member of the festival organization and was commissioned to travel to Europe with George Wein to find members for an international youth band. This International Youth Band made its debut in 1958 at the Brussels World's Fair and then performed in Newport. Brown continued to work with the various editions of the Youth Band until 1960 , in which u. a. Michael Abene , Ronnie Cuber , Gil Cuppini , Eddie Daniels , Eddie Gomez , Dusko Goykovich , George Gruntz , Roger Guérin , Ruud Jacobs , Erich Kleinschuster , Albert Mangelsdorff , Jimmy Owens , Joseph Orange , Gábor Szabó and Jan Wróblewski played. The youth band's concert recordings have been released on Columbia and Decca Records .

In the 1960s, Brown continued to work as a music teacher; Drummer Lou Grassi was one of his students . He also played in the sextet of Ruby Braff (1960/61), Pee Wee Russell (1961/62 and again in 1965), Bobby Hackett (1964), Eddie Condon (1966/67) and Roy Eldridge (1968-70). From 1971 to 1974 he was a member of Lee Konitz's band , on whose album The Lee Konitz Duets he had already participated in 1967 and could also be heard as a euphonium player; In 1972 he performed with him in Newport.

In the 1950s, Brown also worked as a songwriter for titles such as "Seven Lonely Days", "The Banjos Back in Town" or "Tout au Bout de la Semaine" in France.


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