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Vernon Brown

Vernon Brown (January 6, 1907, Venice, Illinois - May 18, 1979) was an American jazz trombonist.

Brown played in St. Louis with Frankie Trumbauer in 1925-26, and moved through a variety of groups in the late 1920s and 1930s, including those of Jean Goldkette (1928), Benny Meroff, and Mezz Mezzrow (1937). Brown joined Benny Goodman's orchestra in 1937 and remained there until 1940; while he only soloed occasionally with Goodman, he became particularly well known through this association. Following this he worked with Artie Shaw (1940–41), Jan Savitt, Muggsy Spanier (1941–42), and the Casa Loma Orchestra.

In the 1940s, Brown switched focus from swing to Dixieland, playing often in studio recordings and working with Sidney Bechet.

Brown performed with Louis Armstrong and his All Stars for the famed ninth Cavalcade of Jazz concert held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. The concert was produced by Leon Hefflin, Sr. on June 7, 1953. Also featured that day were Roy Brown and his Orchestra, Don Tosti and His Mexican Jazzmen, Earl Bostic, Nat "King" Cole, and Shorty Rogers and his Orchestra.

He led his own band in the Pacific Northwest in 1950 and did reunion tours with Goodman in that decade. He worked with Tony Parenti in 1963, and remained a studio musician into the early 1970s.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 6th, 1907 (Venice), Died Los Angeles

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: trombone

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 33 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-019831 10-in. 2/16/1938 Don't be that way Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-019832 10-in. 2/16/1938 One o'clock jump Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-024472 10-in. 8/8/1938 You got me Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-024473 10-in. 8/8/1938 Blue interlude Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-028997 10-in. 11/23/1938 I must see Annie tonight Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-028998 10-in. 11/23/1938 Kind'a lonesome Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-028999 10-in. 11/23/1938 My honey's lovin' arms Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-030308 10-in. 11/23/1938 Farewell blues Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-034649 10-in. 5/4/1939 Pick a rib Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-034650 10-in. 5/4/1939 You and your love Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-034651 10-in. 5/4/1939 Who'll buy my bublitchki? Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-035713 10-in. 4/7/1939 Show your linen Miss Richardson Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Johnny Mercer Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-035714 10-in. 4/7/1939 The lady's in love with you Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-035717 10-in. 4/7/1939 Rose of Washington Square Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-035718 10-in. 4/7/1939 The siren's song Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 70124 10-in. 1/2/1942 Little David, play on your harp Muggsy Spanier Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 70125 10-in. 1/2/1942 Can't we be friends? Muggsy Spanier Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 70126 10-in. 1/2/1942 Chicago Muggsy Spanier Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 70127 10-in. 1/2/1942 Hesitating blues Muggsy Spanier and his Ragtimers instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 70801 10-in. 6/1/1942 The wreck of the old 97 Muggsy Spanier Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 70802 10-in. 6/1/1942 American patrol Muggsy Spanier Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 70803 10-in. 6/1/1942 Two o'clock jump Muggsy Spanier Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 70804 10-in. 6/1/1942 More than you know Muggsy Spanier Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 71439 10-in. 10/1/1943 My heart tells me Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca 71440 10-in. 10/1/1943 My shining hour Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
(Results 1-25 of 33 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brown, Vernon," accessed October 31, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109769.

Brown, Vernon. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 31, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109769.

"Brown, Vernon." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 31 October 2020.

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