Rob Brown (saxophonist)

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Rob Brown
Rob Brown at the Vision Festival 23 June 2010.jpg
Background information
Birth name Rob Brown
Born (1962-02-27) February 27, 1962 (age 53)
Origin Hampton, Virginia, United States
Genres Jazz
free jazz
avant-garde jazz
free improvisation
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Alto sax
Years active 1987–present
Labels Aum Fidelity, Clean Feed Records, No More, Not Two, Marge Records, RogueArt, Riti
Website Official Website

Rob Brown (born February 27, 1962) is an American free jazz saxophonist and composer.

Life and career[edit]

Rob was born in Hampton, VA. He started playing saxophone at the age of 12 or 13.[1] His first gigs were with a local Virginia and swing band. He eventually studied at Berklee College for two years and worked privately with both Joe Viola and John LaPorta.[2] After a year on the west coast, Brown bounced back to Boston, where he met pianist Matthew Shipp. He moved to NY in 1984 where he enrolled at New York University, earned a music degree, and studied with saxophone masters such as Lee Konitz, but the teacher who had more influence on Rob conceptually was Philadelphian Dennis Sandole. Rob take the train to Philly once a week to study with him for a year and a half.[1]

His first issued recording was the duet with Shipp Sonic Explorations and since then has been actively leading groups or working as a sideman with Shipp, William Parker, Whit Dickey, Joe Morris and Steve Swell.

He is a 2001 CalArts/Alpert/Ucross Residency Prize winner and has received many Meet The Composer Fund grants. In 2006 Rob was awarded a Chamber Music America New Works grant.[3]


As leader/co-leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Matthew Shipp

With William Parker

With Whit Dickey

With Joe Morris

With Steve Swell


  1. ^ a b Breath Rhyme at Silkheart Records
  2. ^ Chadbourne, E. Rob Brown biography, Allmusic, accessed February 12, 2014.
  3. ^ Rob Brown at All About Jazz

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