Dean Brown -][- UNFINISHED BUSINESS –Mp3– [Dean Brown Music, Inc., 2012] –
The son of a military man from the Bronx and a jazz singer from North Carolina, Dean Brown grew up in a number of locales during his formative years. Born in France, his family moved to the States when he was two then returned to France when he turned 10. Two years later, his family returned to the States once again. It was the summer of love and something new and decidedly different was in the air that would greatly affect Deans path.
As he explains, “Being a child of the 60’s, I was naturally attracted to the so-called hippie scene and the music that surrounded it. I mean, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and Are You Experienced? are the reasons that I play music today. At least those were the reasons I decided I was going to start playing guitar.” Dean would later spend three years in Korea, where he began working professionally at the age of 15 as a singer/guitarist fronting a horn band, garnering a huge following in the process. “I was like a pop star with body guards, a fan club, and everything”, Brown recalls with a laugh. “It was wild.” After attending George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Brown entered the Berklee College of Music graduating as a composition major. His classmates there included fellow guitarists Mike Stern, Bill Frisell, Kevin Eubanks, and Jamie Glaser.
One of Dean’s first gigs in Boston was in trumpeter Tiger Okoshi’s band Baku. As he recalls, “I replaced Mike Stern in that band in 1979 when Mike left to play with Billy Cobham.” Brown joined Cobham’s Glass Menagerie band in 1981 and that year recorded Observations + (Elektra/Musician) with the great fusion drummer, marking his first time in the recording studio. In 1982, he played with Glass Menagerie at the Montreux International Jazz Festival. -[Biography | Excerpt]-
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