Oscar Brashear was born August 18, 1944 in Chicago. After studying at DuSable High School he worked briefly with Woody
Herman before going on to join Count Basie 68-9, returning to freelance
in Chicago with Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon and James
Moody. Moving to Los Angeles in 1971, he worked with Gerald Wilson,
Harold Land, Oliver Nelson, Shelly Manne, Quincy Jones (with whom he
toured in Japan), Horace Silver and Duke Pearson.
Brashear has recorded with Teddy Edwards,
Jimmy Smith, Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson, Bobby Hutcherson, B. B. King,
Bobby Bland, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Farrell, The Crusaders, McCoy Tyner,
Gene Harris, Randy Newman, Frank Sinatra, Earth, Wind & Fire, Carole
King, Benny Carter, Billy Higgins and Ry Cooder.