An Homage to Mr. Ray Brown

October 13, 2016


In honour of the 90th birthday of the late double-bassist Ray Brown, Stingray DJAZZ broadcasts two performances by the Ray Brown Trio on Thursday October 13th at 21:00 CEST.

Fourteen years have passed since the legendary double-bassist Ray Brown passed away. To ensure that this world-class musician isn’t forgotten, Stingray DJAZZ broadcasts two solid performances by the Ray Brown Trio!

Jazz fans all around the world are lucky that Brown ended up playing the double bass. Due to the many pianists at his high school and shortage of money to buy a trombone, young Ray was forced to join the local music ensemble, which was eagerly looking for new bassists. After finishing high school, Brown decided to buy a one-way ticket to New York, where he plunged himself in the local jazz circuit. Soon he came in contact with Dizzy Gillespie, and from then on everything went quite fast: Brown played with jazz stars such as Art Tatum and Charlie Parker, and had productive collaborations with his wife-to-be Ella Fitzgerald and his long-time friend, the pianist Oscar Peterson, in whose trio he would play for another fifteen years.

Ray Brown had an enormous influence on the establishment of the modern jazz rhythm section. In the seventies, his lifelong dream became a reality when he finally recorded an album with the great Duke Ellington. In the later years of his career, Brown concentrated on sharing his knowledge and experience, getting involved with the education and coaching of the young generation of jazz musicians.

Thursday, October 13 at 21:00 CEST: New Morning – Ray Brown Trio & Roy Hargrove

Thursday, October 13 at 22:00 CEST: New Morning – Ray Brown Trio & Art Farmer

The ‘New Morning’ is a Parisian club that specializes in jazz and blues. It was 1981 when the club opened its doors for the first time. Since then, many jazz and blues giants have made their appearance on the stage, with Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon and Kenny Clarke among them. Tonight’s concert features the Ray Brown Trio. Double-bassist and Grammy Award-winning Ray Brown can be considered to have a leading role in defining the modern jazz rhythm. He played with jazz masters such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, to whom he was also married for a brief time. For this performance he invited trumpeter Art Farmer to share the stage with him. Two jazz giants on one stage: that can only guarantee an interesting show!