Monday, April 2, 2018

JT Brown's 100th Birthday

Today would have been Saxman, JT Brown's 100th birthday.

Biography highlights (courtesy of Wikipedia)
  • Born in Mississippi (April 2, 1918)
  • Recorded on the Harlem label (1950's)
  • Played and recorded with Elmore James and Howlin' Wolf
  • Played (and sang a tune) on Fleetwood Mac live album (1969)
  • Passed (November 24, 1969)
We asked local sax players for comments on Brown's influence.  Here are a few quotes:

Seriously great R&B player who really knew his way around the horn. Loved his solo on Sax-ony Boogie
Richard Thornton (Jack de Keyzer Band)
He was one of my idols and today my style is very much duplicated in his form of hard growling tones and from the soul blues improv.
Mark Volkov (Cootes Paradise)
He had a really distinctive sound and style. 
Here are some videos from the man himself.

Video above courtesy of Mark Hanses

Video above courtesy of Anthony Rago

Video above courtesy of Fede Corchero

Links: JT BrownMore 100th Birthdays

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