This post isn’t just a celebration of durability, steadfast endurance, and longevity. Those are all virtues we love, but in the case of tenor saxophonist Ted Brown, who turned ninety in early December 2017, what we cheer is his wondrous commitment to creating beauty: not at top speed, not in a shout, but as if he were whispering tender secrets into our ears.
Ted’s birthday party took place at that shrine for music, the Drawing Room (aimed straight at the grail by Michael Kanan and Stephanie Greig) on December 2, 2017. In this video — a touching exploration of THESE FOOLISH THINGS — Ted is lovingly accompanied by Aaron Quinn, guitar; Kris Monson, string bass; Deric Dickens, drums. Also in the course of the evening Jeff Brown took over the drum throne and the gracious organizer of the party — someone we’re all indebted to, tenor saxophonist Brad Linde — played alongside Ted as well. But this one, delicate, curious, and touching, is all Ted’s. You could say that he navigates by the stars of Lester and Lennie, but his internal compass has long ago been his own.
And, afterwards, there was cake. Of course!
Blessings on Ted Brown, a sweet inspiration. And gratitude that lasts longer than twenty-four hours.
May your happiness increase!