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Grammy-Nominated Jazz Composer, Donald Brown, Performs with Trio

Grammy-Nominated Jazz Composer, Donald Brown, Performs with Trio at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – Prolific composer and jazz pianist Donald Brown performs at Soka Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 10, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. as part of the Jazz Monsters Series. Single-event tickets are $40 for adults; $32 for students, seniors, and active military families; and $29 each for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

Pianist, composer, teacher, band leader, and arranger, jazz pianist Donald Brown is a beam of bright talent on today’s jazz scene. His compositions have been performed and recorded by a wide variety of top jazz players including the Marsalis family. This concert will be A Lesson in Jazz with the Donald Brown Trio.

Brown initially performed with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and recorded the album Keystone 3 with Blakey, which reached number 31 on Billboard Magazine’s Top Jazz Album Chart. His compositions have also received Grammy nominations, including Wynton Marsalis’s 1986 recording of the song “Insane Asylum” on the album J Mood. Brown’s 2004 release as a leader was The Classic Introvert, which featured 12 originals including “Suite Africa” and “Phineas.” In 2003, Brown released the album Autumn in New York, his first for the Blue Geodesics label. In 1995, Brown recorded his first solo piano album Piano Short Stories. When Brown released his 1988 album Early Bird, Jazz Times wrote, Brown’s writing and playing throughout this disc are outstanding and his sidemen are right there, too, digging in with equal passion.”

Throughout his musical endeavors, Brown has remained dedicated to jazz education. He currently teaches piano, improvisation, and jazz history at the University of Tennessee. He has also been invited to lecture and teach at several academic institutions including the Juilliard School of Music and the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony at the University of the Pacific.

Brown began his career as a drummer, then received a scholarship to Memphis State University as a trumpet player, and did not study piano until he attended college. Brown is part of what is called the Memphis Three, a trio of exceptional keyboard talents that passed through Memphis State University in the 70s, including the acclaimed musicians as James Williams and Mulgrew Miller.