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Keith L. Brown is a pianist, composer, arranger and educator. Born in Memphis and

raised in Knoxville, TN, Keith began playing piano and bass at an early age. Raised in a

musical family, both Keith's parents played music and many of his aunts and uncles are

exceptionally musically talented as well. His father Donald Brown is a world renowned

jazz pianist/composer having performed with many greats and his mother Dorothy is a

pianist also and plays various woodwind instruments. Keith first learned to play songs of

R&B artists like Stevie Wonder by ear and then started classical piano lessons at 8yrs

old. His father helped nurture Keith’s musical ambitions by teaching him how to play his

original compositions and jazz standards. Keith and his brothers, Kenneth (drums) and

Donald Jr., were deep into hip-hop and rap music growing up. Keith began to study jazz

seriously after he graduated high school. It was at this time that he really began to be

influenced by other great Memphis pianists such as Phineas Newborn Jr., James

Williams, and Mulgrew Miller. By age 18, Keith was playing piano and bass around

Knoxville in a variety of jazz, r&b, funk, and country bands. Later Keith would go on to

earn his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in

2009 and completed his Masters of Music Degree in May 2011. Currently Keith resides

in NY where he continues to be in demand making a name for himself as a pianist and

composer both nationally and internationally.

Since he began playing jazz at the age of 18, Keith has been fortunate to perform and

record with some amazing musicians both as a leader and a sideman. Keith currently

tours as the pianist for Charles Tolliver and Jazzmeia Horn and has shared the stage

with great jazz artists such as Camille Thurman & The Darrell Green Trio, Dezron

Douglas, Sherman Irby, Steve Stagle, Terreon Gully, Kenneth Whalum III, David Weiss,

Mike Clark, Bill Saxton, Joe Farnsworth, Greg Tardy, John Clayton, Benny Golson, and

Bobby Watson to name a few. Keith continues to draw inspiration from his roots in R&B,

Funk, Classical, Jazz and Hip-Hop and constantly explores new ways of integrating

these influences. "I always try to write and perform in a way that is intellectual but that

has a strong sense of melody or groove that can touch those who are open enough to