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Leonard L. Brown

musician, composer, arranger, teacher, scholar, and humanitarian, was born Thomas Jefferson Anderson in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, the only son and eldest of three children born to Thomas Jefferson Anderson Sr., a college professor and school principal, and Anita Turpeau Anderson, a teacher. Anderson's early years were spent in Washington, D.C., and Cincinnati, Ohio. His mother was a pianist who accompanied singers in church. She was his first musical mentor, providing encouragement from a very early age through music lessons on violin and trumpet.

Anderson attended James Monroe Elementary School in Washington, D.C., where he conducted a rhythm band and impressed Esther Ballou a city supervisor of music who told his mother the musical world will hear from your son He later attended Benjamin Banneker Junior High in Washington D C It was during his time in Washington that he discovered the Howard Theatre and the big bands of ...


David E. Spies

jazz trumpeter and composer, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Little is known about his parents, except that his father was a pianist for a local church choir. Morgan's older sister, Ernestine, was influential in his musical education. When he was in his early teens she took him to hear the alto saxophone legend Charlie Parker and the bop pianist Bud Powell at the Earle Theatre. She also gave Morgan his first trumpet when he was fourteen. With his parents' support Morgan amassed a substantial record collection, and many of his colleagues congregated at his home to listen to his library.

Philadelphia in the late 1940s and 1950s was a vital center for modern jazz Morgan studied trumpet privately as well as at his high school Mastbaum Tech which was known for its depth of young jazz talent Considered a prodigy Morgan astonished local contemporaries When he was fifteen ...