"Brownie Speaks" Documentary: Delaware Premiere on August 18th


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The Delaware Historical Society Presents
The Delaware Premiere of Brownie Speaks
August 18, 2009 at 6:00pm

In celebration of the reopening of its newly renovated research library, the Delaware Historical Society will present a screening of Brownie Speaks, Don Glanden's feature length documentary about Clifford Brown, the legendary trumpeter from Wilmington. The event will take place on August 18 at the Delaware Historical Society Research Library, 505 Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 pm followed by the screening at 6:00pm. A brief question and answer period with the filmmakers will conclude the event. The event is free and open to the public.

Reservations are requested at (302) 655-7161.

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. 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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