For close to 30 years guitarist/composer Dean Brown has been an integral part of the global fusion and contemporary jazz scene. Dean has recorded and/or toured around the world with his own projects and legendary artists such as: Marcus Miller, The Brecker Brothers, Billy Cobham, David Sanborn, Bob James, George Duke, Roberta Flack, Joe
Zawinul, Lenny White, Kirk Whalum, Bill Evans, Victor Baile...y, and Steve Smith's Vital Information, among others.
Brown's soulful, dynamic and creative guitar work can be heard on well over 200 recordings, numerous GRAMMY® nominations and four GRAMMY® Award winners. Records such as The Brecker Brothers " Return of the Brecker Brothers" and "Out Of The Loop", Marcus Millers "The Sun Don't Lie", Billy Cobhams "Warning", and Joe Zawinuls "Faces and Places" are just a few out of the long list. His performances include Live DVD's with Marcus Miller, Billy Cobham, Gil Evans, David Sanborn and Friends, Louie Belson, Bob James, and Steve Smith's Vital Information.
Dean has released three critically acclaimed solo CD's worldwide. The first, titled "Here" (2001), is his all-star debut CD featuring jazz greats Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, George Duke, Billy Cobham, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, Don Alias, Bill Evans, Bernard Wright and many others .
His second record "Groove Warrior"(2004), features another all-star lineup with Lalah Hathaway, Marcus Miller, Bernard Wright, JuJu House, Poogie Bell, Schuyler Deale, Booker King, and Patches Stewart, just to name a few .
And his third CD "DBIII-Live at the Cotton Club Tokyo"(2009) features an all-star power trio with musical greats Dennis Chambers and Will Lee.
Dean has also released an instructional/live DVD with publishing giant Hal Leonard for Musicians Institute titled "Modern Techniques for the Electric Guitarist"(2008) .
Always thinking of the future, Dean Brown and Runfly Studios have developed and released an iPhone/iPad app called "Pickup Tunes". "The idea was to base a game on the ear training techniques that I use in teaching. We developed it to look and feel more like a game than an academic exercise."
"And..." adds Dean, "This is only the beginning... We are busy developing a series of apps that will make music education fun and accessible for everyone" .
Brown continues to tour and sell out venues all over the world with his own all-star groups and recently returned to Japan for the third consecutive year with his trio "DB III" which has featured Dennis Chambers, Billy Cobham and Will Lee.
Dean endorses DV Mark Amplifiers, DR Strings, Xotic Effects, Anthology Gear Wear and G7th Capos . ~ ~ ~
" ... He delivers music with punch, energy and integrity."
~ Guitar Nine Records
" ....About twenty years have gone by and Dean's still bringing it onstage - he's that into it and obviously, that committed to every measure of the music"
" .... Rockish, bluesy, jazzy, funky all rolled up into one."