Tenor Saxophonist Ted Brown,
aka Dad, has been on the New York & Boston Jazz scenes since the 1950's. A native of Rochester, NY, he and Mom met while studying with Lennie Tristano in New York City. Since he turned 85 he's been dealing meticulously with Mom's declining health, Hospice and his own open-heart surgery issues. Upon Mom's passing in early March, and without her income, Dad, now 91, finds himself unable to keep up with bills. The economic downturn depleted his financial holdings years ago. As family, my brother Jeff and I are unable to pick up all the slack monthly.
Ted is an incredibly dedicated jazz improvisor in the bebop style, whose tone and concept are rooted in that of Lester "Prez" Young, Charlie "Bird" Parker and Lennie Tristano. He has worked all his life to keep his wife and himself in their home, permitting Mom to pass in her own home, on her own terms. He continues to practice every single day, methodically checking off improvisation in every key for a long list of tunes; a breathing and cardiac therapy doctors should look into!
If you are a fan of jazz, if you appreciate the importance of allowing this nonagenarian the ability to remain in his own home in the twilight of his life so he can continue practicing daily, Ted, his children and grandson would be so grateful for your assistance.
Over the years Ted & Phyllis Brown opened up their home to several jazz musicians, generously sharing their living space and Mom's incredible cooking skills, as they attempted to get their footing in New York. They regularly invited droves of jazz musicians into their Boston & NYC area homes for jam sessions and culinary treats. In addition, their door was always open to young musicians who sought advice and networking.
When living on Long Island, Ted had a steady gig in Huntington and invited a steady stream of young lions to play, providing a wonderful forum for exchanging ideas and building a strong network of jazz musicians in the area. Nothing brings Dad greater joy than playing music, whether practicing alone or sharing his artistry with others.At this time, our family would be so grateful for financial assistance in any amount so that Dad can remain in the safety and comfort of his own home. Other ways folks can help include:
-Hiring Dad for gigs,
-Signing up for Skype lessons with Dad through his website www.tedbrownjazz.com
-Staying informed about & attending Dad's gigs,
-Signing the Guestbook at his website so we can keep you informed through his email list,
-Sharing this campaign on social media on his behalf.
Thank you all for your time and consideration of Dad's plight. I know I can speak for him in saying that he is infinitely grateful for his fans worldwide. Perhaps we can help him feel more secure in his home if we come together.
With deepest gratitude,
Anita Brown & "Team Ted" (Some wonderful family & friends)
2019, 75 Club, NYC - L to R: Tardo Hammer (piano), Ted Brown (tenor), Paul Gill (bass), Ray Macchiarola (guitar) & Ted's son, Jeff Brown (drums).
2019, 75 Club, NYC
c. 1990, Walker's, NYC - Jeff Brown (drums), Ted Brown (tenor), Kent Miller (bass) Alexander McCabe (alto)
1947, Long Beach, CA