Clifford Brown III
" Patience Love & Jazz"
Services: Recording And Production, Trumpet
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Clifford began playing trumpet at the age of 3, Grandson to legendary jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown Sr. Clifford has played with some of the biggest names in jazz and on stage at major venues including Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York, Yoshi’s Jazz House in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Stanford Jazz Festival in Northern California. Clifford supplements his playing by being a working Audio Engineer (certified in both music & post production) for recording studios and radio stations.
Chris B. March 3, 2012
"If you want to work with a trumpet teacher who offers the best quality instruction at affordable rates, get in touch with Clifford Brown III. He offers lessons at convenient times at his Emeryville location and provides electronic files of each lesson so you can review the lesson when you practice at home.
Clifford’s knowledge of jazz and other musical forms is rich and varied. He’s a pleasure to work with-never dwelling on the negative (if I don’t practice for example), and always encouraging me to move ahead and focus on the joy of learning music, specifically trumpet. A patient, down-to-earth teacher, he’s also a gifted jazz trumpeter, creative composer and performer in his own right. He’s the musical heir of his late grandfather, the legendary trumpet player, Clifford Brown; but he does not rest on his grandfather’s laurels -- he’s made a name for himself in the Bay Area jazz scene.
As an adult learner who came to trumpet by way of a late mid-life crisis, I had my doubts about starting to learn an instrument which many consider difficult if not impossible. That coupled with my resistance to learning to actually read music presents a daunting task for any teacher. Clifford has been able to work around my resistance and help me to focus on breathing exercises, embouchure, posture, and many other helpful tips. Along the way I get a smattering of note reading and little by little, his methods and demeanor make the learning experience always exciting, challenging, and inspiring. For fun there’s always a bit of time spent listening to great jazz musicians like Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane and attempting to play a bit along with them.