Keith L. Brown is a pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. Born in Memphis and raised in Knoxville, TN, Keith began playing piano and bass at an early age. Raised in a musical family, both Keith's parents played music and many of his aunts and uncles are exceptionally musically talented as well. His father Donald Brown is a world-renowned jazz pianist/composer having performed with many greats and his mother Dorothy is also a pianist and plays various woodwind instruments. Keith first learned to play songs of R&B artists like Stevie Wonder by ear and then started classical piano lessons at 8yrs old. His father helped nurture Keith’s musical ambitions by teaching him how to play his original compositions and jazz standards. Keith and his brothers, Kenneth (drums) and Donald Jr., were deep into hip-hop and rap music growing up. Keith began to study jazz seriously after he graduated high school. It was at this time that he really began to be influenced by other great Memphis pianists such as Phineas Newborn Jr., James Williams, and Mulgrew Miller. By age 18, Keith was playing piano and bass around Knoxville in a variety of jazz, r&b, funk, and country bands. Later Keith would go on to earn his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2009 and completed his Masters of Music Degree in May 2011. Currently, Keith resides in NY where he continues to be in demand making a name for himself as a pianist and composer both nationally and internationally.
I am sure that he is one that will make a tremendous contribution to the continuum of jazz and particularly jazz piano. —
Keith Brown is a phenomenal player! He has a great grasp on the language of the jazz piano masters and an ability to come
from many directions; from hard swing to funk to free. —Greg Tardy
In all, one of the most enjoyable debut albums for quite a while. —Jack Massarik- The London Evening Standard
I am sure he will become one of the important pianist and composers of the next generation. —Donald Brown