Styles: Standards, Instruments, Vocals
Member Of: The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks
Deborah Brown is one of many American jazz performers who found her greatest fame and recognition overseas rather than in the U.S. She has said that she is equally inspired by Charlie Parker and Betty Carter. Her mother was a classical pianist who taught accordion. After a brief period on violin, Brown switched to accordion before taking piano lessons from her grandmother. She attended a local university for a few semesters but gained her most important musical training while performing live. Brown became a professional singer when she was 20, touring around the United States in different settings including appearances in Las Vegas in a big band that accompanied comic George Carlin.
Brown has toured the Far East, Japan, and Indonesia and she spent 1985-1995 living in Europe. All in all she has sung in over 50 countries. She has been accompanied by pianists Roger Kellaway (including ten duet concerts), Cedar Walton, and Dorothy Donegan, and sung with such notables as tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, harmonica great Toots Thielemans, and trumpeters Harry "Sweets" Edison and Benny Bailey. Other experiences include performing with Russia's Oleg Lundstrem Orchestra, Sweden's Sandviken Big Band, and Kluver Big Band from Denmark. She also toured Siberia with Russian saxophonist Nikolai Panov's quintet and led the quartet Jazz 4 Jazz which included pianist Horace Parlan. In addition to recording with pianist John Lundgren, the Doky Brothers, and the Sandviken Big Band, Brown has led 11 CDs of her own for such labels as 33 Jazz, Alfa, Timeless, Koch, Intermusic, Jazz 'N Pulz, and a duet set with guitarist Joe Beck for Jazz Voix.
- Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Deborah's musical talents have propelled her from coast to coast in the USA, eventually leading her to Japan, Indonesia and the far east and culminating in a 12 year residency in Europe.
Performing in nightclubs, concerts, jazz festivals, on television and radio soundstages, Deborah has made a name for herself with appearances in more than 50 countries around the world.
Deborah Brown has recorded 11 albums as a leader and has been featured on numerous other recordings as a special guest soloist.
Deborah has enjoyed participating in and creating many unique musical situations... among these (in no particular order) are...A duet recording with trombonist Slide Hampton. A 10 concert tour in duo with piano master, Roger Kellaway. Duo performances with pianists Cedar Walton and Dorothy Donegan. A performance of "My One and Only Love" with trumpet star Clark Terry. A studio recording of the CD "A Lover's Question" with author James Baldwin. Tours with her quartet JAZZ 4 JAZZ, that featured pianist Horace Parlan, Red Mitchell or Hein van de Geijn on acoustic bass and drum wizard Ed Thigpen. Concert performances with Johnny Griffin, Benny Bailey, Billy Mitchell, Michelle LeGrand, "Toots" Thielemans, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Bobby Shew, Kenny Drew, Roy Hargrove, The Eric Reed trio, the Doky Brothers and many, many others.
Touring as the featured vocalist with Russia's Oleg Lundstrem Orchestra, the Sandviken Bigband from Sweden and Kluver's Bigband from Denmark. Spending a week in Tblisi, Georgia for their jazz festival in the company of Art Blakey, Sun Ra, Jackie McLean, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller and many others.
Recording the Dutch television special production for UNICEF with Audrey Hepburn and Roger Moore.
Studio recording with Dutch avant-garde cellist Ernst Reijseger. Touring Siberia and the Ukraine with Russian saxophonist Nicolai Panov's quintet "Jazz Gallery". Bringing together musicians from 7 different countries to record a CD and a concert tour of the Netherlands and Belgium.
Deborah Brown continues to promote the art of jazz by performing and recording her interpretations of classic standards and fresh original compositions, always expanding the musical boundaries of vocalist, musician, entertainer and band leader.