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Pete Brown

James Ostend "Pete" Brown (November 9, 1906, Baltimore, Maryland – September 20, 1963, New York City, New York) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader.

Brown learned to play piano, trumpet, and saxophone while young. He played in New York with Bernie Robinson's orchestra in 1928, and played from 1928 to 1934 with Charlie Skeets. In 1937 he worked in the band of John Kirby; for several years in the 1930s he worked with Frankie Newton, who was also a member of Kirby's band. Brown and Newton recorded often. In addition to recording under his own name, Brown also recorded as a session musician with Willie "The Lion" Smith, Jimmie Noone, Buster Bailey, Leonard Feather, Joe Marsala, and Maxine Sullivan in the 1930s. He worked on 52nd Street in New York in the 1940s, both as a sideman (with Slim Gaillard, among others) and as a bandleader; he was in Allen Eager's 52nd Street All-Stars in 1946.

In the 1950s Brown's health began to fail, and he receded from full-time performance. He played with Joe Wilder (1954), Big Joe Turner (1956), Sammy Price, and Champion Jack Dupree, and appeared at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival with Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge. His last appearance was in 1960 with Dizzy Gillespie.

Brown was the teacher of Cecil Payne.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 9th, 1906 (Baltimore), Died September 20th, 1963 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone, trumpet

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-031460 10-in. 1/13/1939 Rosetta Frankie Newton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-031461 10-in. 1/13/1939 Minor jive Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-031462 10-in. 1/13/1939 The world is waiting for the sunrise Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-031463 10-in. 1/13/1939 Who? Frankie Newton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-031464 10-in. 1/13/1939 The blues my baby gave to me Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-031465 10-in. 1/13/1939 Romping (Romping at Victor) Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-043945 10-in. 12/1/1939 Calling all bars Sextet of the Rhythm Club of London Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-043946 10-in. 12/1/1939 Mighty like the blues Hazel Scott ; Sextet of the Rhythm Club of London Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-043947 10-in. 12/1/1939 You gave me the go-by Hazel Scott ; Sextet of the Rhythm Club of London Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-043948 10-in. 12/1/1939 Why didn't William Tell? Pete Barry ; Sextet of the Rhythm Club of London Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62372 10-in. 7/14/1937 Get acquainted with yourself Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62373 10-in. 7/14/1937 Knock wood Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62374 10-in. 7/14/1937 Peace, brother, peace Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62375 10-in. 7/14/1937 The old stamping ground Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62593 10-in. 9/15/1937 Blues, why don't you let me alone? Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62594 10-in. 9/15/1937 I've got to think it over Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62595 10-in. 9/15/1937 Achin' hearted blues Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62596 10-in. 9/15/1937 Honeymoonin' on a dime Willie "The Lion" Smith and his Cubs instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62830 10-in. 12/1/1937 Sweet Lorraine Jimmie Noone Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62831 10-in. 12/1/1937 I know that you know Jimmie Noone Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62832 10-in. 12/1/1937 Bump it (Apex blues) Jimmie Noone Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62833 10-in. 12/1/1937 Four or five times Jimmie Noone Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62834 10-in. 12/1/1937 Hell in my heart Jimmie Noone Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62835 10-in. 12/1/1937 Call me darling, call me sweetheart, call me dear Jimmie Noone Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62836 10-in. 12/1/1937 I'm walkin' this town Jimmie Noone Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 62837 10-in. 12/1/1937 Japansy Jimmie Noone Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 65437 10-in. 4/20/1939 Twelve bar stampede Leonard Feather's All Star Jam Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 65438 10-in. 4/20/1939 Feather bed lament Leonard Feather's All Star Jam Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 65439 10-in. 4/20/1939 Men of Harlem (Tempo di jump) Leonard Feather's All Star Jam Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 65440 10-in. 4/20/1939 Ocean motion Leonard Feather's All Star Jam Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, trumpet  
Decca 65494 10-in. 4/28/1939 Get your mind out of the gutter Jimmie Gordon instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 65495 10-in. 4/28/1939 Delhia Jimmie Gordon instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 65496 10-in. 4/28/1939 Do that thing Jimmie Gordon instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 65497 10-in. 4/28/1939 The Mojo blues Jimmie Gordon instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 65498 10-in. 4/28/1939 St. Peter blues Jimmie Gordon instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 65499 10-in. 4/28/1939 If the walls could talk Jimmie Gordon instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 70299 10-in. 2/9/1942 Mound bayou Pete Brown and his Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 70300 10-in. 2/9/1942 Unlucky woman (Unlucky blues) Pete Brown and his Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 70301 10-in. 2/9/1942 Gonna buy me a telephone Pete Brown and his Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 70302 10-in. 2/9/1942 Cannon ball-1 Pete Brown and his Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 80660 3/8/1951 Blues for sale Doc Pomus instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 80661 3/8/1951 Pool playin' baby Doc Pomus instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 80662 3/8/1951 Too much boogie Doc Pomus instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 80663 3/8/1951 Give it up Doc Pomus instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 91820 10-in. 9/29/1939 Nobody knows the trouble I see Jimmie Gordon instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 91821 10-in. 9/29/1939 The boogie man Jimmie Gordon instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 91822 10-in. 9/29/1939 Ease it to me Jimmie Gordon instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 91823 10-in. 9/29/1939 Henpecked man Jimmie Gordon instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca SRC 439 10-in. approximately 1947 Come down baby Dickie Wells' Blue Seven ; Cousin Joe instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca SRC 440 10-in. approximately 1947 Bachelor's blues Dickie Wells' Blue Seven ; Cousin Joe instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca SRC 441 10-in. approximately 1947 Don't pay me no mind Dickie Wells' Blue Seven ; Cousin Joe instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca SRC 442 10-in. approximately 1947 I had to stop to conquer you, baby Dickie Wells' Blue Seven ; Cousin Joe instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca SRC 443 10-in. approximately 1947 Blues, part 1 Dickie Wells' Blue Seven ; Cousin Joe instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca SRC 444 10-in. approximately 1947 Blues, part 2 Dickie Wells' Blue Seven ; Cousin Joe instrumentalist, alto saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brown, Pete," accessed November 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111296.

Brown, Pete. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111296.

"Brown, Pete." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 November 2020.

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