This is an extraordinary discovery. A full six-minute Clifford Brown audio interview made by Willis Conover for Voice Of America. This is the first time I’ve ever heard his voice and it is as gentle and confident as I always imagined his personality would be. A fascinating and revealing find!
Today is the birthday of Clifford Brown, born October 30, 1930. He would have been 83 years old today.
Clifford Brown’s first recording sessions in the summer of 1953 with Tadd Dameron (Prestige) and Lou Donaldson, J.J. Johnson and his own date (all for Blue Note) announced an amazing new talent. I think the bulk of the jazz public first became aware of him through the three volcanic 10” LPs (later 2 12” LPs) entitled A Night At Birdland with The Art Blakey Quintet. This recording session was the launch of so many careers, as well as The Jazz Messengers and the Blue Note sound. Not a bad night’s work.
-Photo of Clifford Brown and Lou Donaldson at Birdland, February 21, 1954, by Francis Wolff.
The complete music from One Night at Birdland was issued as part of the Mosaic Records box set The Complete Blue Note and Pacific Jazz Recordings of Clifford Brown, now out of print.