Ray Matthews Brown

Ray Matthews Brown

Birth
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 2 Jul 2002 (aged 75)
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 6794904 · View Source
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Jazz Musician. A renown jazz bass player, he was an accomplished and highly respected soloist. He defined the role of the bass in popular music and his way of playing set new standards for generation after generation of young bass-players and other jazz muscians. In his more than 50-year long career Brown performed in every important club, on all festivals, in every large concert hall and with every star of jazz including Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillepsie, Louis Armstrong, Quincy Jones and many more. He was honored in his lifetime with countless awards including several Grammy Awards(one for his composition "Gravy Waltz"),the All-Stars poll of Playboy Magaazine, the Down Beat Reader's Poll Awards and the Jazz Critic's Poll Awards. Brown was also married to Ella Fitzgerald from 1947 to 1952. At the time of his death he was on tour in the U.S. and still on the heights of his long lasting career, giving concerts and extended world wide tours and recording's until the very end.


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  • Added: 20 Sep 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6794904
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ray Matthews Brown (13 Oct 1926–2 Jul 2002), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6794904, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .