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In 1947, 23-year-old clubgoer Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown saw Texas blues star T-Bone Walker suddenly take ill and drop his guitar in the middle of the song. Brown jumped onstage and began picking his own “Gatemouth Boogie.” The crowd went wild, showered him with money, and club owner Don Robey hired him and sent him out on the road fronting a 23-piece swing orchestra. A fiddle and viola player as well as a guitarist, Brown had the instrumental skills and a raspy voice that soon established him as a star throughout the Southwest’s segregated black blues circuit. Now, some 50 years later, after stints playing country in Nashville, working as a deputy sheriff in New Mexico, and bringing the blues and jazz to Russia, Africa, and Central America, Brown is again playing and recording with a big band. On last year’s American Music Texas Style, Brown—aided by a 13-piece horn section directed by noted New Orleans arranger Wardell Quezergue—delivered his own rhythmic, relaxed version of western swing. Mixing a few originals with covers of songs by the likes of Duke Ellington, Percy Mayfield, and Charlie Parker, the 75-year-old musician shows that jump blues, swing jazz, country, and zydeco all intersect on the Texas-Louisiana border. While Brown frequently lets others take the spotlight, he’s not yet past his prime; his stinging solos on cuts like “Swamp Ghost” show he’s still got it. At 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $17. (703) 938-2404. (Steve Kiviat)