Ray Brown

Bassist + Composer + Musician
Born Oct 13, 1926

Raymond Matthews Brown was an influential American jazz double bassist, known for extensive work with Oscar Peterson among many others.

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1926 Birth Born on October 13, 1926.


1946 19 Years Old From 1946 to 1951 Brown played in Gillespie's band. … Read More


1947 20 Years Old Brown became acquainted with singer Ella Fitzgerald when she joined the Gillespie band as a special attraction for a tour of the southern United States in 1947.
1949 22 Years Old Around this time Brown was also appearing in Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts, organized by Norman Granz. It was at a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert in 1949 that Brown first worked with the jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, in whose trio Brown would play from 1951 to 1966.
1953 26 Years Old The two married that year, and together they adopted a child born to Fitzgerald's half-sister Frances, whom they christened Ray Brown, Jr. Fitzgerald and Brown divorced in 1953, bowing to the various career pressures both were experiencing at the time, though they would continue to perform together.


1957 30 Years Old Between 1957 and 1959, Brown appeared on Blossom Dearie's first five recordings for Verve Records. … Read More
1966 39 Years Old In 1966, he settled in Los Angeles, where he was in high demand working for various television show orchestras. … Read More


1973 46 Years Old Brown guested as a bass player on "Razor Boy", the second track on Steely Dan's second album, Countdown to Ecstasy, released in 1973. … Read More


1990 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1990, he teamed up with pianist Bobby Enriquez and drummer Al Foster, for Enriquez's album, The Wildman Returns.
2001 74 Years Old In 2001, Brown was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class and in 2003, he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame. … Read More
2002 76 Years Old …  With that trio, Brown continued to perform until his death in 2002. … Read More
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