Guitarist, composer, Dean Brown is best known for his soulful, creative and dynamic live performances and recordings with a veritable who's who in the electric jazz world.
Dean Brown's music defies boundaries to combine Rock, Latin, Jazz, Funk, and
Fusion into a joyful, soulful, dynamic and intense groove. He is well known in the
global jazz/fusion scene for his powerful virtuosic rhythm guitar work and his
passionate melodic soloing. Those who have seen and heard Dean perform are
immediately pulled in by the energy he puts into each and every note.
Dean has released four critically acclaimed solo CD's worldwide and has just
released his fifth solo recording.
Since starting to play professionally at the age of 13, Dean has toured all over the
world with his own projects and performed and recorded alongside legendary artists
such as: Marcus Miller, The Brecker Brothers, Billy Cobham, David Sanborn, Bob
James, George Duke, Roberta Flack, Bill Evans, Randy Brecker, Victor Bailey, Joe
Zawinul, Simon Phillips, Lenny White, Chris Minh Doky & The Nomads, Kirk
Whalum, and Steve Smith's Vital Information, just to name a few.
Dean also plays on well over 200 recordings which include numerous GRAMMY®
nominations and four GRAMMY® Award winners.
As a writer, Brown has compositions and arrangements featured on albums for Les
McCann, Dennis Chambers, Ricky Peterson, Steve Smith's Vital Information, and
Billy Cobham, among others. His performances also include Live DVD's with Marcus
Miller, Billy Cobham, Louie Belson, Gil Evans, David Sanborn and Friends, and Bob
In 2001 Dean signed with ESC Records and produced, composed, and played on his
all-star debut CD “HERE 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.
He produced his second studio record, Groove Warrior (2004), featuring an all-
star lineup with Lalah Hathaway, Marcus Miller, Bernard Wright, JuJu House, Poogie
Bell, Schuyler Deale, Booker King, and Patches Stewart.
For Dean's third solo CD, DBIII-Live at the Cotton Club Tokyo(2009) He featured
an all-star power trio with musical greats Dennis Chambers and Will Lee recorded
live in the world famous music venue in Tokyo, Japan.
His self produced fourth CD Unfinished Business” (2012) is yet another all-star cast
of musicians with Marvin Smitty Smith, Kirk Whalum, Dennis Chambers, Jimmy
Earl, Gerry Etkins and Hadrien Feraud among others.
Dean's fifth solo CD, “ROLAJAFUFU, has just been released in April of 2016.
As an educator Dean conducts master classes at schools and venues all over the
world and teaches several classes of his own curriculum at the Musicians Institute in
Hollywood. 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 Magazine, Guitar
World, Gittare and Bass (g), Bass Player, Jazz Life (jp), Big Box (I), Muzikus (cz),
Guitarist (fr) and 20th Century Guitar magazines.
Dean and Runfly Studios have developed and released a popular iPhone/iPad app
called 'Pickup Tunes'. The idea was to base a game on the ear training techniques
that I use in teaching. We developed it to look and feel more like a game than an
Dean Brown is endorsed by: DV Mark Amplifiers, DR Strings, TC Elecronic, Xotic
Effects, G Lab Guitar Systems, Singlelton Guitars, Anthology Gear Wear, and G7th