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18 December 1970, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Brown played guitar from around the age of eight, initially taking his cue from contemporary pop artists. By chance he heard Wes Montgomery on record and this redirected his interest towards jazz. Moving to Los Angeles, he studied at the Musicians Institute, a move that led to his developing a thorough foundation for his career. Playing guitar and providing backing vocals, Brown was on numerous recording dates before making his own breakthrough. His first own-name sessions came with Motown Records in the early and mid-90s. His second album, 1994s After The Storm in particular won very high praise, being named as Jazz Album Of The Year on the Gavin charts. Working chiefly in the soul-jazz field, Browns reputation spread and by the early 00s he had been signed by Warner Brothers Records, a move that led to his name becoming much more widely known. He won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album in...