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Oscar Deric Brown
Born in Toccoa Falls GA 1953
began to play the piano at the age of 3. His family moved to Los Angeles n 1962 where Oscar began his studies with the Grate Classical Pianist Johana Harris & Composition with the Composer Roy Harris. Oscar’s influence in Jazz would come from his father, but it was his teacher Johana Harris who took Oscar to see the Grate Brazilian Composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Backstage, Oscar asked Mr. Jobim about his influences. Jobim replied, “why Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and John Coltrane”. This had a very big impact on Oscar because his dad always played Miles’ & Dukes’ music, and had told Oscar, this is sacred music.
In 1967 Oscar's dad took him to see the Miles Davis Quintet where he was introduced to Herbie Hancock. Hearing the harmonic approach to Miles’ music and how Herbie voiced chords left a lasting impression on Oscar. And that is the direction he wanted to go. Not play like Herbie, but to find the voice inside himself.
In 1969 he was apprenticed to the Composer Oliver Nelson and studied jazz piano with Horace Silver, Walter Bishop Jr., and in 1971 Joe Zawinul & Wayne Shorter during the west coast Weather Report Tour. In the fall of 1975 Oscar re-located to San Francisco to work with the Jazz Violinist Michael White and later on with Trombonist Julian Priester, Dr. Eddie Henderson, and Pharoah Sanders.
1976-77 Oscar toured with The Santana One Truth Band, and at the end of that tour moved to New York. In that 1st year, Oscar did many short stints with musicians such as David Sanborn, Michael Shrieve, Michael Urbaniak, Narada Michael Walden, and Rashied Ali.
In 1979, Oscar decided to drop out of the music scene to further his classical studies and attend the Julliard School's Conducting Program. This was to be Oscar's Neo-Classic Period.
It was during this time that Oscar became interested in the fusion of different types of music, keeping part of their ethnic origins but meta-morph sizing into new musical forms of their own.
Oscar's early experiments with sound and color and later on with his Symphonic Works such as ‘Peace To One’ collaborative work with the well-known Sculptor/ Painter Daniel LaRue Johnson was Commissioned by the United Nations, and funded by The Yamaha International Foundation, and The Tony Goldman Foundation. It also was funded by The Phelps -Stokes Foundation as a commemorative to the late Ralph J. Bunche.
1987-1998 Producer for Katsuhiko Nakagawa, Bad Brains Joseph HR "Human Rights" & "Singing In The Heart"
1988 Composed music for the Director Joel Freedman's Documentary Film To Protect Mother Earth.
1988-1990 Oscar was asked by Producer/Promoter Bill Graham to Join The Amnesty International World Tour with headline artists such as David Bowie, Sting, Peter Gabriel, U2, and Youssou N'Dour.
1990-Solo Piano Midem International Festival Cannes France
1990-Japan Tour With Youssou N'Dour
1990-Oscar was asked to compose music for famed Director "Wim Wenders" Dream Images, fin 3 Films, Till The End Of The World, Dream Island, and Electric Paintings Winter 1991 Solo Tour Japan
1993 Solo Tour Japan Sponsored by "Dentsu & Mitsukoshi Arts" Duet's With Painter Mark Kostabi & Oscar Deric Brown Improvisational Music & Painting
1994 Howard Rubinstein Oscar and the Renowned Artist Painter Mark Kostabi, collaborate on Oscar's Brilliant Colors Works.
1995 OscarCO/Produced with Kenny Inaoka & Artist Kenji Koga to Produce
The Rainbow Colored Lotus. This project was unique, as it brought together some of the top names in Jazz/World Music & Pop,
Such as: Dave Holland, Gary Peacock, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Keith Jarrett, Mino Cinelu, Miroslav Vitous, Pat Metheny, Sakamoto Ryuichi, and many others.
For the great Hanshin Earthquake in Kobe Japan, in October 1995, Oscar, Kenny & Kengi Produced The World Music Festival at the renowned World Memorial Hall, at Port Island Kobe, Japan. The success of the concert helped to replace musical instruments for thousands of young children.
CNN, Billboard & Variety Pro calmed this recording and concert as the most significant musical event of 1995.
1996 Composed music for Michael Fazwa Controversial Film "StoryBook Red" Fox TV Show New York Undercover,
1977 Commissioned to composed music for the Opening Ceremony at the 1998 XVIII Olympic Games in Nagano Japan.
1998 Relocated to Los Angeles California to Compose Music for Animation TV Series "Zip & Terri"
1999 Composed & Produced Artist/Vocalist"Nora Of World Famed Salsa Band Orquesta De Le Luz"
2000 Composed Music For The Virtual Exposition at the Millennium Dome Greenwich UK
2001 Musical Director For Latin Grammy’s for artist, Celia Cruz, Cyndi Lauper, and many others.
2002Composed & Produced Artist " Ricky Bell" CDRacardo Campana
2003 Solo Piano Tour Japan, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagasaki, Takayama
2004 2005 Took time off to Compose New Works
2006 Recording Solo Performance Live At Steinway Hall 150-Year Anniversary
2007 Oscar Deric Brown Quartet CD "I Cant Cry For Love" CD Web Release
LOVE YOUR WORK AND KNOW IT WELL. KEEP THE IVORY HOT AS I KNOW YOU SHALL MY BROTHER. I'VE BEEN OUT OF ACTION BECAUSE OF ELECTED FOOT SURGERY LAST MONTH BUT WILL BE TRUCKIN AGAIN SHORTLY. ALMOST HEALED NOW. TAKE CARE AND BEST WISHES TO YOU AND GODS CONTINUED BLESSINGS TO YOU ALSO.THE WORLD NEEDS YOUR HOT TOUCH TO THE KEYBOARD AND I KNOW I DO ! ( LOL & SMILE )
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn's passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.