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Thoroughly researched and fascinating….The heartfelt sincerity of Brownie Speaks along with its devotion to historical accuracy and detail earn it a five-star rating and a secure place as an important telling of jazz history….A ground- breaking documentary! --Victor L. Schermer, All About Jazz
Brownie Speaks: A Video Documentary will be presented at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival on Sunday, June 4 beginning at 3 PM. The 90 minute screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Don Glanden. The event will take place at: The BCA Center, 135 Church Street, Burlington, VT. The event is free and open to the public.

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown made an outstanding and influential contribution to music. In an era when many musicians were emulating Charlie Parker's drug abuse, Brown inspired others to achieve greatness while living a clean lifestyle. Ironically, he was killed in a car accident at the age of 25.

Brownie Speaks is the culmination of years of research by Wilmington-born jazz pianist Don Glanden, research that has included interviews with Brown's friends, family, contemporaries, and admirers. Glanden's son Brad edited Brownie Speaks using these interviews, along with archival materials and newly shot video footage.The resulting feature-length documentary presents a richly detailed account of Brown's life, and examines his historical importance in the context of three criteria—innovation, influence, and individuality.

Past screenings of Brownie Speaks have included: Jazz Night in Southwest/Washington, DC; Thelonious Monk Institute/Los Angeles, CA; Newport 2015 Pre-Festival Event/Newport, RI; International Jazz Day 2015/Paris, France; San Jose Summer Fest 2016/San Jose, CA; Monterey Jazz Festival 2016/Monterey, CA.

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival runs from June 2-11 and will include: Terence Blanchard, Diana Krall, Jane Bunnett, Trombone Shorty, Kamasi Washington, Peter Brötzmann and many others. Check out the full line up at discoverjazz.com.

Praise for Brownie Speaks

“Very touching, very moving….A great film about a great man!"—Sonny Rollins

“A must-see. [Clifford] said so much musically in a short life time. Amazing!"—Jimmy Heath

“Incredible documentary….Moving, inspirational, uplifting. Beautifully done! Thank you for this great blessing!"—John Patitucci

“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Long time coming but an amazing view of my dad’s life and music."—Clifford Brown, Jr.

“The best video biography of a leading jazz musician I have seen and essential for Brownie’s many admirers and others who want to know more about him."—Bob Weir, Jazz Journal

Brownie Speaks has been selected in Jazz History Online’s Best of 2014 list! Thank you for enlightening the jazz world with your artistry!" —Thomas Cunniffe, Jazz History Online

“Ideally, projects like these should touch, inform, entertain and educate. This succeeds on every level. One of the finest jazz films ever made." —Bruce Klauber, The Jazz Scene

“One of the most important historic documents of jazz to grace our consciousness. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh and you’ll love this beautifully crafted tribute to a jazz genius."—George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon

“The first time I watched Brownie Speaks, it brought me to tears! I was so moved and amazed at the amount of primary source information. Director Don Glanden presents us with a touching and fulfilling 85 minutes of pure magic!"— Bobby Rodriguez, L.A. Jazz Scene

“An outstanding contribution to the historical record as it relates to Clifford Brown….Brownie Speaks is a must for any serious jazz fans or fans of Clifford Brown and his music."—Jason Crafton, International Trumpet Guild Journal

“A very fine film and it really serves a great need in the jazz community! And the 28-page booklet is a treasure trove of new information."—Lewis Porter

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