Clifford Brown’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Oct 30, 1930

Death Date

Jun 26, 1956

Age of Death

25 years

Cause of Death

Traffic Collision

Place of Death

Jun 26, 1956


Trumpet Player

The trumpet player Clifford Brown died at the age of 25. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

A huge influence on many jazz trumpeters and in 1972 he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame posthumously.

He was married to his second wife, LaRue, for only two years, as he died in a car accident on their second anniversary.



“There have been many great musicians that, Clifford Brown is one great example, I mean he died very early, 25.” (Sonny Rollins)


“Clifford Brown was in the jazz circles considered to be probably the greatest trumpet player who ever lived.” (Herb Alpert)


“I believe that a hundred years from now, when people look back at the 20th century, they will look at Miles, Bird, Clifford Brown, Ella and Dizzy, among elders as our Mozarts, our Chopins, our Bachs and Beethovens.” (Quincy Jones)


“If we are going to list guitar influences, the biggest one by far is Wes Montgomery. Also, Gary Burton was obviously huge for me in a number of ways. But beyond that, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard.” (Pat Metheny)


“I really enjoy listening to players on the cusp of swing into bebop like Charlie Shavers, Clifford Brown and Clark Terry. They balance immense facility on their instrument with rhythm, melody, and more complex harmonies of the time.” (Bria Skonberg)