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Tyrone Brown Album Salutes Frederick Douglass

In A Sky With More Stars, jazz bassist composes and performs suite to accompany speeches and writings from African-American legend

A Sky With More Stars: Suite for Frederick Douglass
Tyrone Brown, center, with his string ensemble
Tyrone Brown
Virtuoso Jazz Violinist, John Blake, Jr.

“Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice embodied in that Declaration of Independence extended to us? Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, but not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you has brought strife and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. What to the American slave is your Fourth of July?” – Frederick Douglass

Those stirring words and others from the 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass come to life in a new recording by bassist Tyrone Brown and his Ensemble: A Sky With More Stars. A sideman of considerable note, Brown has performed and recorded with Grover Washington, Jr., Max Roach and Odean Pope. He’s also released several albums as a leader and has performed with his own string ensemble at venues and festivals all over the world.

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