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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 (Results 51-54 of 54 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-54 of 54 records)

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111296

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