Marion Brown RIP
Atlanta-born jazz saxophonist Marion Brown died on Monday, October 18, 2010. Brown’s talent landed him in the rare company of New York’s avant-garde jazz scene where Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane pioneered an American musical idiom. Brown played with greats such as Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and Rashied Ali. Brown performed on John Coltrane’s vital 1965 album Ascension.
Brown traveled, taught, recorded, performed, scored soundtracks and even earned a Master’s Degree in ethnomusicology. The last decade found him in poor health, and he moved to Florida where he died on Monday. Obscure heroes like Brown weave an essential fabric to the tapestry of American culture and art. Flag’s at half-mast…