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Clifford Brown was born in Wilmington Delaware on the 30th of October 1930 Brown began playing a trumpet his father gave him in early high school and by his late teens was playing in collage and other youth bands Throughout high school he studied jazz harmony and theory trumpet vibes piano and bass with Robert Lowery At this time he was attracting the attention of many lead players such as Fats Navarro Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis Brown had his opportunity to play with many of these great musicians but formed a close relationship with Fats Navarro who became his mentor By the end of the 40s he had won a scholarship to study music at the University of Maryland and in 1950 he was involved in a car accident that was quite serious and put him in the hospital from June of that year until May of 1951 Shortly after the accident Brown recorded with Chris Powell and Tadd Dameron from 1952 till 1953In autumn 1953 Brown was a member of the Lionel Hampton and went on tour in Europe and North Africa On this tour the band drew considerable attention because of the high level of talent in the band Even thought it was against the contract that each band member signed many of the musicians moonlighted on various recordings and in particular Brown was singled out for many of these sessions After the tour was over and the band returned to the USA Brown along with most of the rest of the band was fired when Hampton found out about the recordingsIn 1954 Brown joined Art Blakey and teamed up with Max Roach to form the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet This group was quickly noted as on of the most outstanding contempory jazz combos They recorded for labels such as Blue Note Prestige EmArcy GNP and Pacific Jazz This was also the point in time where Brown became well-recognized trumpet player in
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