1946 to 2002
October 13, 1926 in Pittsburgh
July 2, 2002
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Raymond Matthews Brown (October 13, 1926 - July 2, 2002) was an influential American jazz double bassist and cellist, known for extensive work with Oscar Peterson and Ella Fitzgerald, among many others. Biography: Early life: Ray Brown was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and took piano lessons from the age of eight. After noticing how many pianists attended his high school, he thought of taking up the trombone but was unable to afford one. With a vacancy in the high school jazz orchestra, he took up the upright bass. Career: A major early influence on Brown's bass playing was Jimmy Blanton, the bassist in the Duke Ellington band.