One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, Clifford Brown would have turned 89 years old today. Instead, in one of jazz music's many tragic stories in the category of "they died too young", Brown and fellow musician Richie Powell died in a car crash in the rain on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on the way to Chicago for a gig. He was only 25 years old and had been recording for only 4 years, but the music he left behind will live forever!
I found this old birthday card and was waiting for the perfect opportunity to share it with you here. What could be more "hep", that a swinging, soulful solo by "Brownie"?
If you're not familiar with Brown's music, you can't do better than his recording of the swinging "Sandu", which can be found on the classic album "Study in Brown" here.