Brownie Speaks at the New England Conservatory: December 14, 2009


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Brownie Speaks, a documentary about jazz legend Clifford Brown, will be screened at The New England Conservatory on Monday, December 14, 2009 at 7:30 PM.

Location: NEC, Saint Botolph Building, 241 Saint Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115. Room 320. FREE EVENT / Wheelchair Accessible

Brownie Speaks was produced and directed by Don Glanden, Division Head of Graduate Jazz Studies at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and edited by his son Brad Glanden. The event will feature a Q&A session with the filmmakers following the screening. Guest artist Tammy Scheffer will perform.

The screening is hosted by NEC Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education faculty member Eyran Katsenelenbogen.

About Brownie Speaks

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 lifestyle. Ironically, he was killed in a car accident at the age of 25.

Brownie Speaks is the culmination of years of research by Wilmington-born jazz pianist Don Glanden, research that has included interviews with Brown's friends, family, contemporaries, and admirers; among those featured in the documentary are Wynton Marsalis, Donald Byrd, Arturo Sandoval, Benny Golson, and Lou Donaldson. Glanden's son Brad edited Brownie Speaks using these interviews, along with archival materials and newly shot video footage.

The resulting 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.

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