A native of Wilmington, Delaware, jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown made an outstanding and influential contribution to music. In an era when many musicians were emulating Charlie Parker’s drug abuse, Brown inspired others to achieve greatness while living a clean life. Ironically, he was killed in a car accident at the age of 25.

This feature-length documentary presents a richly detailed account of Brown’s life, and examines his historical importance in the context of three criteria–innovation, influence, and individuality.

Featuring interviews with:
Sonny Rollins
Benny Golson
Lou Donaldson
Jimmy Heath
Donald Byrd
Harold Land
Wynton Marsalis
Arturo Sandoval
Clifford Solomon
Herb Geller
Clora Bryant
Vance Wilson
LaRue Brown Watson

DVD Bonus Materials:
Interview outtakes
A message from Clifford Brown, Jr.
Extensive notes by the director

And much more!

Follow this link for “Remembering Clifford Brown”, an in-depth interview about Brownie Speaks with producer-director Don Glanden, courtesy of All About Jazz.

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  1. Just watched the DVD for the first time, incredible! Thank you for making it. Clifford inspired me from a young age to study jazz trumpet, and by copying him I found minor success. If I had his persistence and work ethic I might have gone further. He has been a bright beacon of light in my life for 40 years. This video renews the old feelings for Clifford I had when I was practicing his solos at 15yo. Thanks!


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