Garnett Brown

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Garnett Brown
Born(1936-01-31)January 31, 1936
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedOctober 9, 2021(2021-10-09) (aged 85)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1965–2021

Garnett Brown (January 31, 1936 – October 9, 2021) was an American jazz trombonist who worked with The Crusaders, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Hampton, Earth Wind and Fire and others.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and later studied film scoring and electronic music at UCLA.[1] In 1974 he won the Down Beat Reader's poll for trombonist,[2] and appears on the classic 1976 recording Bobby Bland and B.B. King Together Again...Live.

Brown did some work in film and television composition due to his training in the field. In 1989 he was the conductor and orchestrator for Harlem Nights.[3]

Coincident with Kenny Burrell joining UCLA as Director of Jazz Studies in 1996, Brown co-led UCLA Jazz Ensemble I with John Clayton. [4]

Garnett and his wife Anna had two daughters, Ariana Brown and Miranda Brown-Muir, and three grandchildren: Luca Muir, Francesca Muir and Alessandra Muir. Brown died in Los Angeles on October 9, 2021, at 84. At the time of his death, he was retired and had been diagnosed with dementia.[5]


As sideman[edit]

1962: The Outer View - George Russell

As session player[edit]