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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 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 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 and 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 Herbie Hancock's harmonic approach to Miles’ music and voiced chords left a lasting impression on Oscar. Jazz is about your-identity. Oscar did not want to play like Herbie,but to find his own sound. And that is where the adventure begins.
In 1969 Oscar became the apprentice to Composer Oliver Nelson at the same time 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 the 1st year, Oscar work as a side man for musicians such as David Sanborn, Michael Shrieve, Michael Urbaniak, Narada Michael Walden, and Rashied Ali.
In 1979, Oscar decided to return school to studie conducting at the Julliard School Of Music
It was during this time that Oscar became interested in the fusion of different types of music, and keeping part of their ethnic origins.
Oscar had early experiments with sound and color. 1981Oscar was commissioned to compose his second Symphony ‘Peace To One’ collaborative work with the well Sculptor/ Painter Daniel LaRue Johnson which was Commissioned by the United Nations, and The Yamaha International Foundation, and The Tony Goldman Foundation as a commemorative to the Ralph Bunche who was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He received it for having arranged a cease-fire between Israelis and Arabs during the war which followed the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.
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 invited 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 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 "Dentsu & Mitsukoshi Arts"
Duet's With Painter Mark Kostabi & Oscar Deric Brown Improvisational Music & Painting Howard Rubinstein Oscar's Brilliant Colors Works.
1994 Tour with Stanley Jordan, TM Stevens and drummer
1995 Oscar co produced with Kenny Inaoka & Artist Kenji Koga The Rainbow Colored Lotus CD. This project was unique, as it featured, Dave Holland, Gary Peacock, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Keith Jarrett, Mino Cinelu, Miroslav Vitous, Pat Metheny, Sakamoto Ryuichi, and many others.
The CD was a memorial for the thousands of lives lost in Earthquake in Kobe Japan 1995. In October 1995 Oscar, Kenny & Kengi Produced The World Music Festival at the renowned World Memorial Hall, Port Island Kobe Japan.
CNN, Billboard & Variety Pro calmed this recording and concert as the most significant musical event of 1995.
1996 Composed music for Michael Fazwa Film "StoryBook Red" Fox TV Show New York Undercover,
1977 Commissioned to composed instrumental music for the Opening Ceremony at the 1998 XVIII Olympic Games in Nagano Japan.
1998 Relocated to Los Angeles California to work as a composer for Cortina Entertainment and X-Design Studio
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 Keyboardist Musical Director for, Celia Cruz, Cyndi Lauper, at the Latin Grammy’s .
2002 Composed & Produced Artist " Ricky Bell" CD Racardo 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 for the 150-Year Anniversary
2008 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 )
MY PEACE LOVE AND JOY TO YOU MY BROTHER
YOUR BROTHER MILTON
Yo, Oscar where have you been? Your music sounds like you found that place you were always searching for . Get in touch and let me know where you are. Hit the Jazz or firstname.lastname@example.org. Good to hear you. Pocketbook
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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