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That Moaning Saxophone: The Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze

Bruce Vermazen


This book is about the Six Brown Brothers, a musical act on the burlesque, vaudeville, minstrel, and Broadway stages (1911-33) that was once reputed to have initiated the “saxophone craze” of the 1910s and 1920s. Ontario-born circus musician Tom Brown (1881-1950), the group's leader, founded a saxophone quartet c.1906 within the Ringling Brothers' show that included two of his brothers, Verne (1887-1964) and Percy (1883-1918). By 1908, the quartet had become the Five Brown Brothers, also including brothers Alex (or Alec, 1882-1974) and Fred (1890-1949). Their brother William (1879-1945) joined ... More

Keywords: Six Brown Brothers, vaudeville, Broadway, saxophone craze, circus musician, burlesque, minstrel, Vitaphone, Tom Brown

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195372182
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372182.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Vermazen, author