Marshall Brown

Marshall Brown (1920–1983) was a jazz musician and educator. He played trombones and, less often, bass trumpet or euphonium, and even less often electric bass & banjo. He played the valve trombone.

Brown was little recorded, and devoted most of his career to education. He earned a music degree from New York University, as a member of the Zeta Psi Fraternity.

Marshall Brown was also a high school band director leading the Farmingdale New York 'Daler' Band from the early 1950s through 1957. Brown was the first high school band director to initiate a jazz education program, which he did in his tenure at Farmingdale High. By 1956 his stage band (jazz big band) the Daler Dance Band was so formidable and impressive (boasting future jazz stars Michael Abene on piano, Andrew Marsala, saxophone, and whiz drummer Larry Ramsden) that one night at the '57 Newport Jazz Festival, Count Basie, late for his appearance, as he entered the festival grounds heard the Daler Band performing their set and exclaimed, "Damn, they started already", mistaking the 'Dalers' for his band! The average age of the band members was 14!

Brown received some attention for performing in a quartet with Pee Wee Russell in the early 1960s. While Russell was most often associated with Dixieland or swing music, their quartet performed more adventurous, free jazz-oriented pieces, including pieces by Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane.

During the 60s Marshall was the resident trombonist in Jimmy Ryan's - noted as a dixieland venue. He also club dated with Luke O'Malley's Irish band during this time.

Brown also performed or recorded with Ruby Braff and Beaver Harris and Lee Konitz.

Originally Marshall came to the US from Canada. At that time he was Marshall Braun. Obviously he did a name change & settled in Boston. Here became part of O'Leary's Irish Minstrels as a banjo player! It was the leading Irish band in Boston at the time.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Marshall Brown (musician) among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 21st, 1920 (Framingham), Died December 13th, 1983 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger, conductor

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 107421 5/25/1959 Dateline Newport Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107422 5/25/1959 You don't know what love is Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107423 5/25/1959 [Unknown title(s)] Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107424 5/25/1959 Let's fall in love Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107425 6/1/1959 Serenade for Kathy Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107426 6/1/1959 The younger generation Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107427 6/1/1959 Lover man Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107428 6/1/1959 [Unknown title(s)] Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107429 6/8/1959 Fugue for jazz orchestra Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107430 6/8/1959 Serious business Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107431 6/8/1959 Pennies from heaven Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107432 6/8/1959 Studio 50 Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107571 6/8/1959 Brunch Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107572 6/8/1959 Come rain or come shine Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107816 7/4/1959 Lemon drop Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107817 7/4/1959 Down for double Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107818 7/4/1959 She's funny that way Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107819 7/4/1959 Solid blue Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107820 7/4/1959 Cinnamon kisses Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107821 7/4/1959 Power glide Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107822 7/4/1959 Blues inside out Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107823 7/4/1959 Copley Square Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107824 7/4/1959 The most minor Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  
Decca 107825 7/4/1959 Tiny's blues Newport Youth Band arranger, conductor  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brown, Marshall," accessed July 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201190.

Brown, Marshall. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201190.

"Brown, Marshall." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201190

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