Andrew Brown

Andrew "Andy" Brown (February 2, 1900 - August 1960) was an American jazz reedist. He played clarinet, bass saxophone, alto saxophone, and tenor saxophone, and is best known for his longtime association with Cab Calloway.

Early in the 1920s Brown worked in the bands of P.B. Langford and Wilson Robinson. He was a member of the house band at Harlem's Cotton Club starting in 1925. This group eventually came to be known as the Missourians under bandleader Andrew Preer; by the end of the 1920s, Cab Calloway had taken leadership of it. Brown played in Calloway's band until 1945, including on many recording sessions and a tour of Europe in 1934. He appeared alongside Calloway as a performer in sound films including Hi-De-Ho (1937), Blues in the Night (1942), and Minnie the Moocher (1942). In the late 1940s Brown ran a music education studio in New York.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 2nd, 1900 (St. Louis), Died New York City

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-53802 10-in. 6/3/1929 Market street stomp Missourians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Victor BVE-53803 10-in. 6/3/1929 Ozark mountain blues Missourians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Victor BVE-53804 10-in. 6/3/1929 You'll cry for me, but I'll be gone Missourians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Victor BVE-53805 10-in. 6/3/1929 Missouri moan Missourians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Victor BVE-53971 10-in. 8/1/1929 I've got someone Missourians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Victor BVE-53972 10-in. 8/1/1929 '400' hop Missourians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Victor BVE-53973 10-in. 8/1/1929 Vine Street drag Missourians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Victor BVE-53974 10-in. 8/1/1929 Scotty blues Missourians Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, tenor saxophone  
Brunswick E36212 10-in. 3/3/1931 Minnie the moocher Cab Calloway Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 80749 3/28/1951 Bad luck child Joey Thomas Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 80750 3/28/1951 Investigation blues Joey Thomas Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 80751 3/28/1951 There ain't enough room here to boogie Joey Thomas Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 80752 3/28/1951 Sarah Kelly from Plumbnelly Joey Thomas Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brown, Andrew," accessed September 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115452.

Brown, Andrew. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115452.

"Brown, Andrew." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 September 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115452

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