J. T. Brown (musician)

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J. T. Brown
Birth nameJohn Thomas Brown
Also known asSaxman Brown, J. T. (Big Boy) Brown, Bep Brown
Born(1918-04-02)April 2, 1918
Mississippi, U.S.
DiedNovember 24, 1969(1969-11-24) (aged 51)
Instrument(s)Tenor saxophone

John Thomas Brown (April 2, 1918 – November 24, 1969)[1] was an American tenor saxophonist of the Chicago blues era. He was variously billed as Saxman Brown, J. T. (Big Boy) Brown, Bep Brown,[2] Nature Boy Brown and J.T. "Blow It" Brown.[3]


Born John Thomas Brown in Mississippi, he was a member of the Rabbit's Foot Minstrels and spent some time in Memphis, Tennessee,[4] before moving to Chicago.[2] He worked as a session musician for several artists and made some records on Harlem and United,[3] among other labels, in the 1950s.[1] "Round House Boogie" / "Kickin' the Blues Around", "Sax-ony Boogie", and "Dumb Woman Blues" were issued under various band names by Meteor Records in this period.[1]

Brown later played and recorded with Elmore James[4] and Howlin Wolf.[5] He also recorded as a leader for several independent record labels, including JOB and United. He appeared on several tracks of Fleetwood Mac's 1969 album Fleetwood Mac in Chicago/Blues Jam in Chicago, Vols. 1–2, on which he sang his own composition, "Black Jack Blues".[1]

He died in Chicago in November 1969, at the age of 51. He was interred at the Burr Oak Cemetery, in Worth, Illinois.[1][2]

On May 14, 2011, the fourth annual White Lake Blues Festival took place at the Howmet Playhouse Theater in Whitehall, Michigan. The concert was organized by executive producer Steve Salter, of the nonprofit organization Killer Blues, to raise money to honor Brown's unmarked grave with a headstone. The event was a success, and a headstone was placed in June 2011.


As bandleader

  • Windy City Boogie (Pearl [1977])


  • The Chronological J.T. Brown 1950-54 (Classics [2005])

With Fleetwood Mac, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, Big Walter Horton, Buddy Guy, Honeyboy Edwards and S.P. Leary

With Fleetwood Mac, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, Honeyboy Edwards and S.P. Leary

With Howlin' Wolf

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Biography by Bill Dahl". AllMusic. Retrieved December 25, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "The Dead Rock Stars Club - The 1960s". Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b Büttner, Armin; Robert Campbell, and Robert Pruter (2020). "The Parrot and Blue Lake Labels". Red Saunders Research Foundation. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  4. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who's Who of Blues (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 57. ISBN 0-85112-673-1.
  5. ^ Robert Palmer (1982). Deep Blues. Penguin Books. p. 214. ISBN 978-0-14-006223-6.
  6. ^ "J.T. Brown". Discogs.com. Retrieved 24 October 2020.