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8 September 1935, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Brown made his name as an alto saxophonist after mastering clarinet and oboe. In the 50s he studied music at Clark College, Atlanta and law at Howard University, Washington, DC - an experience that contrasted sharply with his poor southern background. He spent 18 months playing the clarinet in an army band on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. In 1962 he moved to New York and was helped by Ornette Coleman. His first musical exposure came with Archie Shepp and he played on John Coltranes historic Ascension. Sun Ra also recruited him; Brown commented, it was all rehearsing and no jobs, but treasured the experience. He toured Europe with vibes player Gunter Hampel in the early 70s, made a series of extremely individual records with avant-gardists such as Hampel, Leo Smith, Muhal Richard Abrams and Steve McCall, and led his own groups into the new millennium, although health problems have limited his scope. He...