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Brown, Ted (Theodore G. Brown)

Brown, Ted [Theodore G. Brown], tenor saxophonist; b. Rochester, NY, 1 December, 1927. He once studied under Lennie Tristano. Brown learned banjo and violin from his father, and clarinet and tenor sax from his uncle. After playing in army bands from 1945-1947 and then in Hollywood from 1947-1948, Brown moved to NY.

He worked with Tristano and fellow pupils and associates Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh from 1955-1957. During that time he also recorded a session for Vanguard and worked with Ronnie Ball, plus a date in Hollywood with Marsh. He later returned to N.Y. and worked extensively in clubs. Brown recorded with Konitz in 1959, and again in 1976, while heading his own group in the late '70s.

His daughter Anita is a big band composer, handles the estate of Manny Albam, librarian for Jim McNeely, and a hand music copyist.

Free Wheeling (1956); In Good Company (1985); Free Spirit (1987).

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