Sandy Brown (February 25, 1929–March 15, 1975) was a noted Scottish jazz clarinetist band leader and acoustic engineer who performed mostly New Orleans style and mainstream. He had a particular interest in African music, which was reflected in his compositions. Brown was born in India of Scottish parents where his father was a railway engineer. A self taught clarinettist, Brown was educated at the Royal High School in Edinburgh. After National Service he studied Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. Whilst there, he also started a band with his old schoolfriend Al Fairweather in 1949. In 1953 the band went south and played amongst other places at the newly built Royal Festival Hall in London, Brown returned to finish his studies in Edinburgh but Fairweather decided to stay in London. Upon completing his studies, Brown obtained the position of acoustic engineer to the BBC and moved to London and reformed his own band. He also played with other musicians including American pianist Sammy Price. In 1974, he travelled to New York and recorded with other members of Count Basie’s band. During Brown’s career he played with many artists including: Henry “Red” Allen, Diz Disley, Humphrey Lyttelton, Earle Warren Eddie Durham and Pee Wee Russell.


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