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Ray Brown

USA

Born: 13 October 1926

Died: 02 July 2002

Years Active: 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 2000

Genres: Jazz

Styles: Bop, Mainstream Jazz, New Orleans/Classic Jazz

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The huge and comfortable sound of Ray Brown's bass was a welcome feature on bop-oriented sessions for over a half-century. He played locally in his native Pittsburgh in his early days. Arriving in New York in 1945, on his first day in town Brown met and played with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell. He was hired by Gillespie for his small groups and his big band; "One Bass Hit" and "Two Bass Hit" were early features, and he can be seen with Dizzy Gillespie in the 1947 film Jiving in Bebop. Although not a soloist on the level of an...

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