Brownie Speaks: A Symposium celebrating and documenting the life, music, and legacy of Clifford Brown

July 14, 2008

The University of the Arts presents

Brownie Speaks:
A Symposium celebrating and documenting the life, music, and legacy of Clifford Brown

Symposium dates: October 30, 31, and November 1, 2008
Sponsored by: The Philadelphia Music Project, a program of the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by The University of the Arts.
Featuring: Performances by Terence Blanchard, Benny Golson, Lou Donaldson, Marcus Belgrave, The UArts Jazz Ensembles, and many others, and a new John Fedchock composition dedicted to Clifford Brownand performed by the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra.
Special Master of Ceremonies: Clifford Brown Jr.
Premier: Brownie Speaks: A Video Documentary produced by Don Glanden

The symposium’s focus is the presentation, celebration, and documentation of the life, music, and legacy of Clifford Brown. His creative contribution will be explored in terms of its historical-sociological context, and its lasting impact on the jazz aesthetic. Papers should address some aspect of the symposium’s focus. This may range from musical analysis to the presentation of new historical or sociological perspectives. Proposals for panel discussions will also be considered.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: submit a one page abstract to Marianne Mele at or Fax 215 717.6127.

Abstracts must be received by Monday, July 28, 2008. Decision notification will be no later than Friday, August 1, 2008. The final version of selected papers must be submitted by October 1, 2008. Presentations should be approximately 30 minutes long with an additional 20 minutes planned for discussion and QA.

For specific paper guidelines contact Marianne Mele.


Memorabilia, archival recordings, photographs, and related documents can be donated by contacting Don Glanden at 215.717.6353 or

The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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