Vernon Brown


Known as “The Rock of Gilbraltar” to Seattle musicians because of his solid, swinging time, Brown performed with Kansas City territory bands led by Grant Moore and Eli Rice and in 1943, while working in Detroit with his wife, singer Wanda Brown, was recruited by Seattle band leader Al Pierre, on a tip from Pierre’s trumpeter, Bob Russell. Brown was with Pierre through the ’40s at the Union Club and also performed with Elmer Gill at the Caballero Club, downtown, and at the Seattle World’s Fair, with Norm Hoagy’s band.

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