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John V. Brown, Jr., leader of the John Brown Quintet and double bass player, is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John began studying the bass with Susan Ellington when he was nine years old and has been performing professionally since his teens. “I was always surrounded by music when I was young, and I especially loved my mother’s playing,” John says from his home in Durham, North Carolina. His mother plays the piano, and he remembers being inspired to take up the bass after watching the Duke Ellington Orchestra perform on television

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Nnenna Freelan With The Charleston Jazz Orchestra at Charleston Music Hall

Read "Nnenna Freelan With The Charleston Jazz Orchestra at Charleston Music Hall" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Nnenna Freelon with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra Charleston Music Hall Charleston, SC January 18, 2018 If you were expecting fireworks and bombastic performances of favorite pop tunes, jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon might have disappointed you in her Charleston debut last Friday night at the Charleston Music Hall. But if your ...

Quiet Time

Label: Brown Boulevard Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Come Live With Me; Quiet Time; ...and the Willow Weeps; When Summer comes; A Lullaby of Itsugo Village; You Don’t KNow What Love Is; When October Goes; Theme for Monterey; Lost.

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John Brown: Quiet Time

Read "Quiet Time" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

"Le donne odiavano il jazz, non si capisce il motivo" cantava Paolo Conte in un celebre tema, ricordando l'Italia degli anni cinquanta. Oggi il quadro è mutato ma se avete qualche amica o amico (non esiste una specificità femminile in questo) che giudica il jazz “poco melodico" regalategli Quiet Time e cambierà idea. ...

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John Brown: Quiet Time

Read "Quiet Time" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Bassist and bandleader John Brown was last heard backing Nneena Freelon on her Christmas (Brown Boulevard Records, 2013) release leading one of his decidedly larger ensembles. Quiet Time finds the bassist pared down to a classic trumpet-saxophone quintet size for a recital of after-hours tunes. Brown's fronting horns are trumpeter Ray Codrington and saxophonist Brian Miller. ...

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2013 Yuletide Offerings

Read "2013 Yuletide Offerings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's clear that the holidays are coming when the mercury dips and the cheery tidings of the season are balanced out by shopping-fueled malaise. When it comes to music, said shopping is often centered on a series of new holiday-themed releases that seem to arrive like clockwork in the weeks and months prior to Christmas; this ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nnenna Freelon & the John Brown Big Band: Christmas

Read "Christmas" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Renowned jazz singer Nnenna Freelon's first Christmas album truly is a gift, made possible by a small bequest from her Christmas-loving mother and a long-time friendship with John Brown, director of Duke University's Jazz Studies program and leader of the splendid John Brown Big Band. Brown not only made his ensemble available but co-produced the album ...

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Fourth Annual Ocean City Beach (NC) Jazz Festival

Fourth Annual Ocean City Beach (NC) Jazz Festival

The 4th Annual Ocean City Beach (NC) Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, July 6, from 5 pm until 8 pm. Scheduled performers will include vocalist Kim Pacheo with Richard Harris White, Jr., The John Brown Quintet and The Stanley Baird Group. Doors open at 4 pm. The event will be held in the courtyard ...

Dancing With Duke: An Homage To Duke Ellington

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011
Track listing: In A Mellow Tone; Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me; Perdido; Pie Eye's Blues; Isfahan; I'm Beginning To See The Light; A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing; I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good); Solitude; It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing).


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