Norman Brown Biography

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 Musician’s 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, 1994’s 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, Brown’s 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 2003 for the previous year’s Just Chillin’.

Among musicians with whom Brown has worked are Boyz II Men, Bobby Lyle and Stevie Wonder. With him on his own record dates have been singer Lynne Fiddmont-Linsey, trumpeter Raymond Brown, saxophonists Gary Bias and Dan Higgins, keyboard players Brian Simpson, Brian Culbertson and James Poyser, and bass guitarist Pino Palladino.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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