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Don Farwell

Don Farwell reports in Bandstand this issue on the passing of former Hot Mustard drummer, George “Dude” Brown. This is just to add that to me, first of all, he was the epitome of the nice guy (at least he certainly was nice to this kid whenever I got near the bandstand). And second, he was a wonderful drummer, important to the history of jazz in DC. How many PRJC’ers remember him with the Booker Coleman band at The Place Where Louie Dwells? John Eaton contributed a eulogy to Dude in the 8/31/99 Post. In that article, John pinpointed something that I had always noticed in Dude’s playing; seemingly light and tasteful, but with tremendous rhythmic intensity. Since Dude toured with Lionel Hampton and Earl Bostic, I wonder what he thought of retroswing? Dude can be heard on recordings with tenor sax man Gene Ammons from 1947-1955 (some remastered by DC soundman Jack Tower), Sonny Stitt, and Hot Mustard, among others. -Ed
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