Bassist and cellist Raymond Brown was born on October 13, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Brown was hired by Dizzy Gillespie on his very first day in New York City.
Brown was married to jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald from 1947 to 1953, and the two would perform with each other for many years after.
In addition to performance, Brown worked as an educator, producer and composer for film and television.
He had an incredibly busy career. When he was not performing, he was recording and when he wasn't playing, he was managing artists like the Modern Jazz Quartet and Quincy Jones. He discovered Diana Krall.
He literally played right up to the last day of his life, passing away in his sleep before a gig in Indianapolis.
The Ray Brown Trio plays Ellington.
1. Take The A Train
2. Sophisticated Lady
3. Do Nothing 'Till You Hear From Me
Ray Brown, bass
Benny Green, piano
Jeff Hamilton, drums
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