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For close to 30 years guitarist/composer/arranger/educator Dean Brown has been an integral part of the global fusion and contemporary jazz scene. Those who have seen and heard Dean Brown perform are immediately struck by the passion and energy he puts into each note.
His compositions are thoughtful and intense, yet lyrical vehicles for individual as well as group expression. Dean has recorded and/or toured around the world with his own projects and legendary artists such as: Marcus Miller, The Brecker Brothers, Billy Cobham, David Sanborn, Bob James, George Duke, Roberta Flack, Joe Zawinul, Lenny White, Kirk Whalum, and Steve Smith’s Vital Information.
Brown has original compositions and arrangements featured on albums for Les McCann, Dennis Chambers, Ricky Peterson, Steve Smith’s Vital Information, and Billy Cobham, among others.
Brown’s soulful, dynamic and creative guitar work can be heard on well over 200 recordings, numerous GRAMMY® nominations and four GRAMMY® Award winners. Records such as The Brecker Brothers ”
Return of the Brecker Brothers” and “Out Of The Loop”, Marcus Millers “The Sun Don’t Lie”, Billy Cobhams “Warning”, and Joe Zawinuls “Faces and Places” are just a few out of the long list. His performances include Live DVD’s with Marcus Miller, Billy Cobham, Gil Evans, David Sanborn and Friends, Louie Belson, Bob James, and Steve Smith’s Vital Information.
Dean has released four critically acclaimed solo CD’s worldwide. The first, titled “Here” (2001), is his all-star debut CD featuring jazz greats Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, George Duke, Billy Cobham, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, Don Alias, Bill Evans, Bernard Wright and many others. His second record “Groove Warrior”(2004), features another all-star lineup with Lalah Hathaway, Marcus Miller, Bernard Wright, JuJu House, Poogie Bell, Schuyler Deale, Booker King, and Patches Stewart, just to name a few.
His third CD “DB III-Live at the Cotton Club Tokyo” (2009) features an all-star power trio with musical greats Dennis Chambers and Will Lee. And his fourth CD “Unfinished Business” featuring yet another all-star cast of musicians with Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Kirk Whalum, Dennis Chambers, Jimmy Earl, Gerry Etkins and Hadrien Feraud among others. As an educator Dean has also released an instructional/live DVD with publishing giant Hal Leonard for Musicians Institute titled “Modern Techniques for the Electric Guitarist”(2008) and has had several articles in Guitar Player and Guitar World magazines.
Dean conducts clinics all over the world and teaches several classes of his own curriculum at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Currently, Brown continues to record, teach, tour and sell out venues with his own groups worldwide. He has recently released his much anticipated fourth solo CD, Unfinished Business, Brown’s most ambitious release to date.
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