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Townsend, Bross Elvie, Jr.

(born: 1933  -  died: 2003) 

Townsend was born in Princeton, KY, the son of Jean Calvert and Bross Townsend Sr., who was a truck driver for a grocery store, according to the 1930 U. S. Federal Census. Both parents were Kentucky natives. The family lived on Cave Street in Princeton. Bross Jr. was a jazz pianist who had studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He played with greats such as Woody Herman, Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane as well as for singers such as Diana Ross, Big Maybelle, and Dinah Washington. He appeared in the movie Sweetback. Townsend died in Jamaica, New York. His performances can be heard on a number of recordings, including the albums I Love Jump Jazz, Darling Please Save Your Love for Me, and The Dynamic 3B's After Hours. For more see The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed.; and A tribute to jazz pianist Bross Townsend by A. Bernstein.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Sweet sweetback's baadasssss song (videorecording)
NKAA Source: I love jump jazz (album)
NKAA Source: Darling please save your love for me (album)
NKAA Source: The dynamic 3B's after hours (album)
NKAA Source: The new Grove dictionary of jazz 2nd ed.

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