Born in 1954 in Mississippi and raised in Memphis, this pianist began his career as a drummer, received a scholarship to Memphis State University as a trumpet player, and did not study piano until he attended college. Brown is part of what is called the Memphis Three, a trio of exceptional keyboard talents that passed through Memphis State University in the 70s that includes James Williams and Mulgrew Miller. Brown gained essential experience and attention as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He has gone on to win the clearest testimonials to his expertise as a soloist and accompanist working in bands of such-greats as Donald Byrd, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, Toots Thielemans, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Johny Griffin, …
Donald Brown became widely known for his Grammy-nominated composition “The Insame Asylum ” which was first heard on Wynton Marsalis’ album “J Mood “. Brown is noted by jazz critics and other greats as the master composer. His tunes are in demand even when he is personally unavailable.
Edited by bness2 on 3 Oct 2009, 00:40
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