“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Clifford Brown

Legendary Jazz Musician

Clifford Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 18, 2016
1. Clifford Brown Marker
Inscription. Born on October 30, 1930 in Wilmington, Delaware, Clifford Brown was one of the most influential jazz musicians of the mid-20th century. He began to play the trumpet as a teenager while attending Howard High School. By 1948 he was playing in Philadelphia with pioneering jazz performers such as Fats Navarro, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Parker. It was Navarro’s influence that played a major role in the development of “Brownie” as one of the stars of the emerging “bop” style of jazz .Following a lengthy recovery from an automobile accident in June 1950, he resumed his career , making his recording debut in 1952 with Chris Powell ’ s Blue Flames. In 1953 he toured Europe with Lionel Hampton. The following year he was selected as ‘New Star of the Year’ in a poll of industry critics . His considerable talent and virtuosity resulted in recordings with Art Blakey, Art Farmer, J. J. Johnson, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, and others. In 1954 he joined with Max Roach to form the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet, considered by many to be the greatest “ha rd bop” ensemble of all time. His life ended tragically on June 26, 1956, when he was killed in an accident while traveling to perform. Clifford Brown was laid to rest in Wilmington’ s Mt .Zion Cemetery.
Clifford Brown Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 18, 2016
2. Clifford Brown Park
Note the trumpet outline on the walkway.
2005 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-146.)
Location. 39° 44.887′ N, 75° 32.453′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Clifford Brown Walk, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at the entrance to Clifford Brown Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 Clifford Brown Walk, Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Howard High School (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brandywine Village (approx. ¼ mile away); Joseph Tatnall House (approx. ¼ mile away); Knotty Pine Restaurant (approx. ¼ mile away); Saint Joseph Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Walnut Street YMCA (approx. 0.3 miles away); Caesar Rodney Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Looking Back (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilmington.
Also see . . .  Clifford Brown website. (Submitted on January 19, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
Brandywine River Ballroom image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 18, 2016
3. Brandywine River Ballroom
Club next door to Clifford Brown Park and marker.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 213 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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