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That Moaning SaxophoneThe Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze$
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Bruce Vermazen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372182.001.0001

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Maria Brown's Quilt

Maria Brown's Quilt

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That Moaning Saxophone

Bruce Vermazen

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives reasons to support the claims that Tom Brown's saxophone ensembles, culminating in the Six Brown Brothers, made the saxophone popular in North America and started the saxophone craze. It concludes that although the ensembles, especially the Five and Six Brown Brothers, had a leading role in nourishing the saxophone craze (at least through 1916), it may be injudicious to credit them with starting it. However, reasons are given to support the conjecture that they were the source of the alto-alto-tenor saxophone section that came to dominate dance-band arranging in the 1920s. A description of a signature quilt bearing many famous names and made by Maria Reid Brown (the Browns' mother) and Edith Brown (Alex's wife) c.1920 inspires a metaphor of the present book as such a quilt, since both of them are attempts to give their subjects a place in historical memory.

Keywords:   Six Brown Brothers, saxophone craze, alto-alto-tenor saxophone section, signature quilt, Maria Reid Brown, Edith Brown

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