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Keith Henry Brown

Jazz enthusiast and artist

About Me

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 Blue. After that monumental incident, my life irreparably changed. I still love the fab four, but now I see them 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 and served the same function. There, I met many more 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.

My Favorites

  1. Gil Scott Heron - Pieces of a Man
  2. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
  3. Miles Davis - Miles Smiles
  4. Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life
  5. Maiden Voyage, Headhunters and Speak Like A Child - Herbie Hancock
  6. Neil Young - Harvest Moon
  7. Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz To Come
  8. The California Concert / The CTI All-Stars
  9. Horace Silver - The Tokyo Blues
  10. John Coltrane - Live At Birdland
  11. Billie Holiday - The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve
  12. Eric Dolphy - Far Cry
  13. Antonio Carlos Jobim - Antonio Carlos Jobim & Stan Getz
  14. Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus - Charles Mingus