[Dixielandjazz] Barbone, Tesone and Troy - about Clifford Brown

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Sat Jun 11 08:57:02 PDT 2005

on 6/11/05 11:21 AM, Bob Romans at cellblk7 at comcast.net wrote:

> Thanks, Steve! That's a very touching tribute to Clifford Brown! It
> certainly was a tragedy to lose him...a great, warm tone!
> Wow! From your pics, you're a lot younger than I thought you were! I thought
> you were really old, you young buck, you! :~)

Thank you. As a trumpeter you know the genius of Brownie. When he died in
that car crash, he was on his way to a gig in Chicago, which included
himself, Max Roach, Richie Powell (Bud's brother) Sonny Rollins and I think
the bassist was George Marrow. He played his final song in a Philadelphia
jam session that fateful evening with "our" Ace Tesone, the tenor saxes of
Ziggy Vines & Billy Root, Sam Dockery on piano and Ellis Tollin on drums.
All locally famous Philadelphia jazz musicians who just adored Brownie and
his unique playing style. They never got over how great Brownie was, nor the
thrill of playing with him.

A great loss of a 24 year old who was otherwise destined to be, IMO, the
greatest jazz trumpeter ever. (Ace at 75 was born 6 months before Brownie)

Thanks also for the comments on my "youth". What you saw is a 30 year old
mind in a 71 year old body. :-) VBG.

Steve Barbone

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