Six Brown Brothers
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The Six Brown Brothers were a Canadian vaudeville era saxophone sextet consisting of six brothers. The brothers were, William, Tom (1881–1950), Alec, Percy, Fred and Vern Brown. The Brown Brothers lived in Lindsay, Ontario until 1893. The first instrumentation consisted of a saxophone quintet (bass, baritone, tenor, and 2 alto saxes. A soprano sax was never used with the group, except as a feature for Tom Brown). But in 1913, they added a second baritone sax. Success in 1912-14 lead to touring to Scotland and elsewhere in Europe. Additional non-family members also played with the group.
After they broke up in 1933 only the leader, Tom Brown, continued as a musician but with limited success.
- Six Brown Brothers on RedHotJazz website
- Six Brown Brothers: Those Moaning Saxophones (Archeophone Records 6002)
- Listen: The Six Brown Brothers in a 1918 recording of When Aunt Dinah's Daughter Bangs on the Piano begins Big Band Serenade podcast 147; Brother Groups Part 1
- Jay Easton History
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