Keith Henry Brown
Jazz enthusiast and artist
I first became aware of this music in
the mid-seventies on a Saturday
afternoon when my
best friend took a Beatles LP off my
turntable and replaced it with Miles
Davis' Kind Of
After that monumental incident, my life irreparably changed. I still love the fab four, but nowadays I see them more like that little red headed girl in kindergarten you once had a crush on.
In later years, I became an illustrator and cartoonist, designing greeting cards and illustrating magazine articles. Eventually, I graduated to writing the odd article about music. As a freelance designer, I have designed covers for many well known jazz artists, most recently Christian McBride and Toshiko Akiyoshi.
In time, I landed a job at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where I served as Design Director (designing programs, posters, and advertising) working under the direction of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis. This was an amazing education, having the chance to meet and see the jazz musicians life and artistic process up close. Years later, I performed the same function for The Blue Note Jazz Club. There, I also met brilliant musicians and got to know a few as friends.
As far as personal taste, it's everywhere. It's eclectic. I never know what I'm going to like. Or why.