"There are only two rules in music, it must be beautiful and it must feel good!” 
~ Dean Brown


 

Dean Brown’s guitar work can be heard on well over 200 recordings, including numerous GRAMMY® nominations and four GRAMMY® Award winners. For over 40 years Brown has toured, performed, and recorded with legendary artists such as Marcus Miller, The Brecker Brothers, Billy Cobham, David Sanborn, Roberta Flack, Bob James, George Duke, Bill Evans, Victor Bailey, Joe Zawinul, and Vital Information, among others. Brown has released five solo CD's and  tours internationally with his own formidable bands.

 

Brown’s music defies boundaries combining Rock, Jazz, Funk, Latin and Fusion into a joyful, soulful, dynamic and intense groove. He is known in the global jazz/fusion scene for his virtuosic rhythm guitar work and his passionate melodic soloing. Those who have seen and heard him perform are immediately pulled in by the energy he puts into each and every note.

 

A true veteran of the touring circuit, Brown has performed at prestigious international music festivals around the US, Europe, Asia, Canada, South America, and Africa, including  Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz, Nice, Tokyo, Beijing, Montreal, Berks, Senegal, Canary Islands, Java, Malta, Warsaw, and Pori Jazz Festivals. 

 

He is currently working on recording a new album of originals, touring, teaching, and bringing music to venues and festivals near you. 

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Solo Recordings:

 

 

  • Brown’s debut solo album “HERE” (2001) ESC Records-  features many of the jazz greats he worked with over the years, including Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, George Duke, Billy Cobham, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, Don Alias, Bill Evans, Bernard Wright and many others.

  • "GROOVE WARRIOR” (2004) ESC Records-  featuring an all-star lineup with Lalah Hathaway, Marcus Miller, Bernard Wright, JuJu House, Poogie Bell, Schuyler Deale, Booker King, and Patches Stewart.

  • "DBIII-LIVE AT THE COTTON CLUB TOKYO” (2009) features an all-star power trio with musical greats Dennis Chambers and Will Lee recorded live at the world famous music venue in Tokyo, Japan.

  • "UNFINISHED BUSINESS” (2012) is another all-star cast of musicians with Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Kirk Whalum, Dennis Chambers, Jimmy Earl, Gerry Etkins, Joey DeLeon, and Hadrien Feraud among others. 

  • “ROLAJAFUFU" (2016) (i.e., ROck/LAtin/JAzz/FUnk/FUsion) features renowned musicians, Dennis Chambers, George Whitty, Bernard Maseli, Linley Marthe, Hadrien Feraud, Richie Flores, Brandon Fields, Daniel Sadownick, Marvin“Smitty”Smith, and Bobby Sparks.   

 

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Career notes:

  • He has performed with lead artists on TV shows such as  ‘After New Year's Eve With David Sanborn’, ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno’, ‘Fourth Of July with The Boston Pops Orchestra’, ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’, ‘BET’, ‘Bravo’, and many top television and radio shows overseas as well. 

  • His performances include Live DVD's with Marcus Miller, Billy Cobham, Steve Smith, Louie Belson Big Band, Gil Evans Big Band, David Sanborn and Friends (D’Angelo & Eric Clapton), and Bob James.

  • Brown has compositions and arrangements featured on albums for Les McCann, Dennis Chambers, Ricky Peterson, Vital Information, Chris Minh Dokey, and Billy Cobham, among others. 

  • As an educator and clinician, he has conducted masterclasses at universities, music schools and venues around the world.  He teaches several popular classes of his own curriculum at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. 

  • An expansive DB Masterclass educational series is available at www.mymusicmasterclass.com 

  • Brown has interviews and instructional articles in many international publications, including Guitar Player (US), Guitar World (US), Gittare and Bass (Germany), Jazz Life (Japan), Big Box (Italy), Muzikus (Czech), and Guitarist (France) magazines, among others.

  • He released an instructional/live video with publishing giant Hal Leonard titled "Modern Techniques for the Electric Guitarist"(2008)

  • Brown is a proud endorser of Xotic Guitars, DV Mark Amplifiers, TC Elecronic effects, Xotic Effects, BJ Press Effects, Moody Guitar Straps and G7th Capos.

 

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Additional notes:

 

 

Dean Brown started playing professionaly at the age of 13 and began leading his own groups at 15. He went on to attend George Washington University and continued his music education in Boston, graduating from The Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor Of Music in composition and privately studying improvisation with the iconic Charles Banacos. Dean married in 1983 and lives with his wife (artist Ruth Brown) in California where he continues to produce, teach, and make beautiful music.

 

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Quotes:


“Righteous rhythm work and absolutely burning solos...jazz that really rocks”

        ~Guitar Player Magazine

 

 

“I found guitarist Dean Brown to play behind me. He’s a genius.”

      ~Roberta Flack - JazzWax.com

 

 

“About twenty years have gone by and Dean's still bringing it onstage - he's that into it and obviously, that committed to every measure of the music...”

      ~AllAboutJazz.com

 

 

“Rockish, bluesy, jazzy, funky all rolled up into one...”

      ~ContemporaryJazz.com

 

 

“He delivers music with punch, energy, and integrity...”

      ~Guitar Nine Records

 

 

"A thrilling album!"

       ~Good Times

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY

As Leader

  • Here (ESC, 2000)

  • Groove Warrior (ESC, 2004)

  • DBIII Live at the Cotton Club Tokyo (BHM, 2009)

  • Unfinished Business (Moosicus, 2012)

  • Rolajafufu (Dean Brown Music, 2016)

As sideman

With Billy Cobham

  • Observations & (Elektra Musician, 1982)

  • Smokin (Elektra Musician, 1983)

  • Warning (GRP, 1985)

  • Powerplay (GRP, 1986)

  • By Design (Fnac Music 1992)

  • Palindrome (BHM, 2010)

  • Spectrum 40 Live (Creative Multimedia Concepts, 2015)

With Bob James

  • Ivory Coast (Tappan Zee/Warner Bros., 1988)

  • Grand Piano Canyon (Warner Bros., 1990)

  • Restless (Warner Bros., 1994)

With Marcus Miller

  • The Sun Don't Lie (Dreyfus, 1993)

  • Tales (Dreyfus, 1995)

  • The Ozell Tapes: The Official Bootleg (3 Deuces 2002)

  • Master of All Trades (Dreyfus, 2005)

  • Silver Rain (Koch, 2005)

With David Sanborn

  • Hearsay (Elektra, 1994)

  • Songs from the Night Before (Elektra, 1996)

  • Inside (Elektra, 1999)

With Kirk Whalum

  • And You Know That! (Columbia, 1988)

  • The Promise (CBS, 1989)

  • Cache (Columbia, 1993)

With others

  • Victor Bailey, That's Right (ESC, 2001)

  • Brecker Brothers, Return of the Brecker Brothers (GRP, 1992)

  • Brecker Brothers, Out of the Loop (GRP, 1994)

  • Randy Brecker, The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion (Piloo, 2013)

  • Till Brönner, Midnight (Button, 1996)

  • Till Brönner, Chattin With Chet (Verve, 2000)

  • Dennis Chambers, Outbreak (ESC, 2002)

  • Dennis Chambers, Planet Earth (BHM, 2005)

  • Color Me Badd, Time and Chance (Giant, 1993)

  • Tom Coster, from the Street (JVC, 1996)

  • DJ Logic & Jason Miles, Global Noize (Shanachie, 2008)

  • Bill Evans, Touch (ESC, 1999)

  • Bill Evans, Soul Insider (ESC, 2000)

  • Roberta Flack, Let It Be Roberta (429 Records, 2012)

  • Eddie Harris, The Last Concert (ACT, 1997)

  • Al Jarreau, Miki Howard, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Everybody Is a Star Live in Tokyo (Jazz Hour, 2010)

  • Eric Marienthal, Sweet Talk (Peak, 2003)

  • Les McCann, Pump It Up (ESC, 2002)

  • Jason Miles, World Tour (Lipstick, 1994)

  • Jason Miles, Miles to Miles (Narada, 2005)

  • Bernard Purdie, Bernard Purdie's Soul to Jazz (ACT, 1996)

  • Steve Smith, Vital Information (Columbia, 1983)

  • Steve Smith, Orion (Columbia, 1984)

  • Steps Ahead, Yin-Yang (NYC, 1992)

  • Vital Information, Global Beat (Columbia, 1986)

  • Lenny White, Present Tense (Hip Bop, 1995)

  • Lenny White, Renderors of Spirit (Hip Bop, 1996)

  • Joe Zawinul, Faces & Places (Cream/Jms 2002)

Video

  • 1987 Steve Smith, Part I and II

  • 2001 David Sanborn, David Sanborn and Friends

  • 2002 Gil Evans, Gil Evans and His Orchestra

  • 2003 Louie Bellson, Louie Bellson and His Big Band

  • 2006 Marcus Miller Master of All Trades

  • 2007 Billy Cobham/Louie Bellson, Cobham Meets Bellson

  • 2008 Dean Brown, Modern Techniques for the Electric Guitarist