Cootie Brown (band)

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Cootie Brown
Cootie Brown members being serious as usual
Background information
Origin State College, Pennsylvania
Genres Funk, Jazz, Reggae
Instruments Drums, bass, guitars, keys, percussion, woodwinds, vocals
Years active 2005-present
Labels Breeze Records
Members Brian Eckert, Ryan Alford, Jacob Haqq-Misra, Jim DeVoss, Matt Fern, Michael Fortunato, Jordan Thompson

Cootie Brown is an American fusion band from State College, Pennsylvania. Their music spans many genres such as jazz, funk, reggae, rock, and world music. They have three studio releases to date.


Originally formed by Brian Eckert (guitar) in 2003, along with Phil Gardner (drums) and Brian Stumpf (bass), the trio wrote a dozen songs and performed locally. The trio disbanded in early 2004 and remained inactive until Eckert moved to bass guitar and reformed the band with all new members. The only tie between the original trio and the new members, other than Eckert, was a song called "Dakota" that Stumpf & Eckert wrote together in 2003. In November 2005, Ryan Alford (guitar) joined Eckert and the two began writing new songs. Jacob Haqq-Misra (percussion) joined in January 2006, Jim DeVoss (drums) in April. The four played locally and kept writing original material throughout the summer of 2006. In August of that year, Matt Fern (guitar) and Michael Fortunato (woodwinds) joined the group. In October, Jordan Thomspon (keys) responded to an ad placed in a local music store, and the group then completed its current lineup.

Band members[edit]

Brian Eckert - bass, didjeridoo, percussion, and vocals
Ryan Alford - guitar
Jacob Haqq-Misra - percussion and vocals
Jim DeVoss - drums
Matt Fern - guitar and vocals
Michael Fortunato - saxophone, flute, clarinet, whistle and vocals
Jordan Thompson - keyboards and piano


Meltdown (2007) Breeze Records
Strikes Back!!! (2007) Breeze Records
Out of the Bleu (2007) Breeze Records


The Daily Collegian "Lemont Village To Feature Rookie Student Group" July 13, 2006
The Centre Daily Times "On The Scene: Cootie Brown" February 14, 2007
The Centre Daily Times "On The Scene: Cootie Brown Release Trifecta" September 28, 2007
Pennsylvania Musician Magazine "CD Reviews: Cootie Brown - Out of the Bleu" May 2008

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