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 (Results 26-50 of 54 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
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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