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Keith Brown

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

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

William Parker, Gretchen Parlato, Miles Davis and More

Read "William Parker, Gretchen Parlato, Miles Davis and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show, from August 2021, features what was then brand-new music by William Parker, Mark Masters, and Gretchen Parlato as well as older music by Miles Davis, Roberta Piket, and Hal McKusick. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & ...

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African Ripples

Label: Space Time Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: African Ripples Epigraph; Truth and Comfort; NAFID; Just You, Just Me; 512 Arkansas St.; African Ripples Part I; African Ripples Part II; Queen; Come Back as a Flower; 118 & 8th; What’s Left Behind; Song of Samson; Eye 2 Eye with the Sun; Prayer for My Nephews; African Ripples.

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Y'all Don't (Really) Care About Black Women

Label: Verve Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: God Bless the Child; Perdido; Detour Ahead; All Africa (The Beat); The Music Is the Magic; Pay Black Women Interlude; Woman of the Ghetto; Jazz (Ain’t Nothing But Soul); Go Away Little Boy; What a Difference; Beginning to See the Light.

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Article: Live Review

Jazzmeia Horn at Jazz Alley

Read "Jazzmeia Horn at Jazz Alley" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Jazzmeia Horn Jazz Alley Seattle, WA December 7, 2021 The arrival of jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn in Seattle for a two-day run at Jazz Alley represented in many ways, the return of international touring jazz artists to the esteemed and historic venue, after a fall that featured resident jazz artists and r&b stars. ...

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Ensemble Novo, Mark Masters & Kurt Rosenwinkel

Read "Ensemble Novo, Mark Masters & Kurt Rosenwinkel" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The 722nd Episode of Neon Jazz happens to be a celebration of the birthday I share with the legendary vibes cat Terry Gibbs on October, 13, 2021. I threw together a collection of recent interviews with veteran musicians who have new CDs in 2021. We begin with a re-issue from Kurt Rosenwinkel and make our way ...

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Article: Album Review

Keith Brown Trio: African Ripples

Read "African Ripples" reviewed by Troy Dostert


In-demand pianist Keith Brown has ample experience as a sideman and a couple solid leader dates under his belt. But his African Ripples has the distinctive feel of a “statement" record, setting forth the full expanse of his creative vision with bold flair. Inspired by the classic Fats Waller piece first recorded in 1934, the album ...

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Past Grapplin'

Read "Past Grapplin'" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Since the seventies, it's arguable that most jazz musicians work in “old" idioms (even if they mix and match them in new ways), but this episode's artists each take on aspects of jazz's past that seem, well, more past than most. Sometimes the commitment to the older idiom is complete, sometimes it comes and goes, but ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Omar Sosa, Southern Energy Ens., Dominique Fils-Aimé, Keith Brown - Mixtape

Read "Omar Sosa, Southern Energy Ens., Dominique Fils-Aimé, Keith Brown - Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Two hours are so quick to fill and one has to often leave out several tracks that would deserve attention but, for a reason or another (length, similarities to other selections, need for variety and flow etc.), don't find the right spot in the playlist... To partially remedy this situation we have a “companion mixtape" series ...

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Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday

Read "Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates the birthdays of Jazz Masters Carla Bley in the first hour and Betty Carter in the second, plus new releases from Ruben Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquestra, Rebecca Kilgore and the Keith Brown Trio. Other birthday shoutouts include Virginia Mayhew, Karin Krog, Nadje Noordhuis, Kate Reid and Grace Kelly, among others. Thanks ...


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