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Ray Brown Collection

Raymond Matthews Brown was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in October 13, 1926. He was a jazz double bassist, cellist, and composer. Ray Brown played in Dizzy Gillespie's band from 1946 to 1951. Along with the pianist John Lewis, drummer Kenny Clarke, and vibraphonist Milt Jackson, he formed the Modern Jazz Quartet. He was married to singer Ella Fitzgerald from 1947 to 1952. They adopted Fitzgerald's half-sister's son Ray Brown, Jr., who is a jazz and blues pianist and singer. Mr. Brown played in the Oscar Peterson trio from 1951 to 1966. He moved to Los Angeles in 1966 and was a founding member of the LA Four, which included drummer Shelly Mann, acoustic guitarist Laurindo Almeida, and Bud Shank on flute and alto saxophone. During Ray Brown's impressive career, he also played with Diana Krall, Jazz at the Philharmonic, Tony Bennett, among others. He died in Indianapolis, Indiana, in July 2, 2002. He was married to Cecelia Brown for 48 years. In 2003 Mr. Brown was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame.

Ray Brown Collection, IJC

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