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 he 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, organised 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.
1952 25 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 1952.


1957 30 Years Old Between 1957 and 1959, he 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


1974 47 Years Old From 1974 to 1982, Brown performed and recorded a series of albums with guitarist Laurindo Almeida, saxophonist and flutist Bud Shank, and drummer Shelly Manne (replaced by Jeff Hamilton after 1977) under the name The L.A. Four. … 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.
2002 75 Years Old 1 More Event
Probably his last recorded show was in Europe, during the Bern Jazz Festival, on May 4, 2002, with Larry Fuller and Karriem Riggins. … Read More
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