Ari Brown

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Ari Brown
Born(1944-02-01)February 1, 1944
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation(s)musician, composer
Instrument(s)tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, piano, flute
Years active1971–present
LabelsDelmark Records

Ari Brown (born February 1, 1944)[1] is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and pianist.


Brown grew up in Chicago and attended Wilson College, where he met musicians such as Jack DeJohnette, Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, and Joseph Jarman.[2] He played piano in R&B and soul outfits into the 1960s, then switched to saxophone in 1965.[2] He joined the AACM in 1971, and also played with The Awakening in the early 1970s.[1] In 1974 he lost several teeth in a car crash, and temporarily switched to piano again until he recovered.[1] He played sax later in the 1970s with McCoy Tyner, Don Patterson, and Sonny Stitt.[2] In the 1980s, he started his own quintet, and also worked with Lester Bowie, Von Freeman, Bobby Watson, and Anthony Braxton, and in 1989 he became a member of Kahil El'Zabar's trio.[1][2] In 1995, he recorded his first album as a leader, titled Ultimate Frontier, and released by Delmark Records.[2]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Joshua Abrams' Cloud Script

With Dee Alexander

With The Awakening

  • Hear, Sense and Feel (1972)
  • Mirage (1973)

With Anthony Braxton

With the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

  • Collective Creativity (2008)

With Orbert Davis

  • Unfinished Memories (1994)
  • Priority (2001)
  • Blue Notes (2004)

With Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio

With Elvin Jones Jazz Machine

  • Soul Train (1980)

With the Juba Collective

  • Juba Collective (2002)

With Famoudou Don Moye

With Natural Information Society

With Malachi Thompson

With Frank Walton

  • Reality (Delmark, 1978)


  1. ^ a b c d Krakow, Steve (July 15, 2021). "Ari Brown belongs in Chicago's canon of great tenor saxophonists". Chicago Reader. Retrieved January 1, 2024.
  2. ^ a b c d e Henderson, Alex. "Ari Brown Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved January 1, 2024.