Dean Brown (guitarist)

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Dean Brown
Born (1955-08-19) August 19, 1955 (age 60)
Chateauroux, France
Genres Jazz, Jazz fusion
Instruments Guitar, Guitar synthesizer
Years active 1982-present
Notable instruments
DVMark, Xotic Guitars, DR Strings, TC Electronic, Parker Fly, Roland GR-505, Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS

Dean Brown (born August 19, 1955) is an American jazz fusion guitarist and session musician.


Dean Brown graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1977. During that time in Boston he performed with his own groups as well as Tiger's Baku, replacing Mike Stern in that group before moving to New York around 1980.

Since 1982 Brown has recorded and/or toured worldwide with artists Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Eric Clapton, Billy Cobham, The Brecker Brothers, Roberta Flack, Bob James, Joe Zawinul, George Duke, Victor Bailey, Bill Evans, Steve Smith's Vital Information as well as with his own projects.

Brown's guitar work can be heard on over 100 albums including four Grammy Award winners. Records such as The Brecker Brothers' "Return of the Brecker Brothers"[1] and "Out of the Loop",[2] Marcus Miller's "The Sun Don't Lie", Billy Cobham's "Warning", and Joe Zawinul's "Faces and Places" are just a few out of the long list. His live performances include DVDs with Marcus Miller, Billy Cobham, Gil Evans, David Sanborn and Friends, Louie Belson, Bob James, and Steve Smith's Vital Information. Brown has his original compositions and arrangements featured on albums for Les McCann, Dennis Chambers, Ricky Peterson, Steve Smith's Vital Information, and Billy Cobham among others.

Brown has produced five solo CDs. His first titled "Here"(2001) on ESC records, is his all-star debut CD featuring jazz greats Michael Brecker, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Billy Cobham, George Duke, Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, Don Alias, Bill Evans, Bernard Wright and many others. His second record "Groove Warrior" (2004) on ESC records, 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. His third "DBIII" (2009) [3] on the BHM label features an all-star power trio with musical greats Dennis Chambers and Will Lee. His fourth CD "Unfinished Business"(2012) featuring yet another all-star cast of musicians with Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Kirk Whalum, Dennis Chambers, Jimmy Earl, Gerry Etkins and Hadrien Feraud among others. And his fifth solo CD "Rolajafufu" has just been released in 2016. As an educator Dean has also released an instructional/live DVD with Hal Leonard for Musicians Institute titled "Modern Techniques for the Electric Guitarist"(2008) and has had several articles in Guitar Player and Guitar World magazines. 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." says Dean. Dean conducts clinics all over the world and teaches several classes of his own curriculum at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood.

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 year with his trio DB III which has featured Billy Cobham, Dennis Chambers and Will Lee.

He has artist endorsements with DV Mark, Xotic Guitars, TC Electronic, DR Strings, Roland, Parker and Fender guitars, as well as DV Mark, Paco Cases,[4] and Xotic effects.


  • 2016- Dean Brown- "Rolajafufu"
  • 2013- Randy Brecker- The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion
  • 2013- The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine - It's About Time
  • 2013- Global Noize- Sly reimagined
  • 2012- Dean Brown- Unfinished Business
  • 2012- Roberta Flack- Let It Be Roberta
  • 2009- Dean Brown- DBIII
  • 2009- Michael Schmidt- Destination
  • 2009- Cheikh Ndoye- A Child's Tale
  • 2009- Mauri Sanchis- Groove Words (produced by Mauri Sanchis and Dean Brown)
  • 2008- Dean Brown- Modern Techniques for the Electric Guitarist - DVD
  • 2008- Billy Cobham- Fruit From The Loom
  • 2008- Razl- Rotonova
  • 2007- Billy Cobham/Louie Bellson- Cobham Meets Bellson-DVD
  • 2007- Keith Anderson & Full of Soul- Let's Roll
  • 2007- Various Artists- Funky Planet Earth
  • 2007-Steve Adelson- Adventures In Stickology
  • 2006-Poogie Bell- Get On The Kit
  • 2006 -Dennis Chambers- Planet Earth ("Camel Hump" written by Dean Brown)
  • 2006-Marcus Miller- Master Of All Trades-DVD
  • 2006- Mauri Sanchez- Good Vibes
  • 2006-Alex Fox- Influences
  • 2006-Various Artists- Funk Academy
  • 2006-Jason Miles - What's Going On-The Music Of Marvin Gaye
  • 2006-Bradley Leighton with Jason Miles- Bradley Leighton with Jason Miles
  • 2005-Marcus Miller- Silver Rain
  • 2005- Various Artists- As One-Tsunami Relief ("Gemini" written by Dean Brown)
  • 2005-Jason Miles- Miles to Miles-In The Spirit of Miles Davis
  • 2004-Dean Brown-"Groove Warrior"
  • 2004-Various Artists- Undercover [Hip Bop]
  • 2004-Maximum Grooves- Coast to Coast ("You Da Mann", "Attitude", "Karma Kanic" co-written by Dean Brown)
  • 2003-Cassandra Reed- Cassandra Reed
  • 2003-Eric Marienthal- Sweet Talk
  • 2003-Freddie Cole- In The Name Of Love
  • 2003-Marcus Miller- Ozell Tapes
  • 2003-Roberta Flack- Holiday
  • 2003-Louie Bellson- Louie Bellson and His Big Band DVD
  • 2003-Bernard Maseli- The Globetrotters: Fairytales of the Trees
  • 2003-Various Artists- Living Theater, Vol. 3
  • 2002-Gato Barbieri- Shadow Of The Cat
  • 2002-Dennis Chambers- Outbreak (Plan-B co-written by Dean Brown)
  • 2002-Joe Zawinul- Faces and Places
  • 2002-Gil Evans- Gil Evans and His Orchestra- DVD
  • 2002-Walkaway- Double Walk
  • 2002-Les McCann- Pump It Up ("Buckshot & LeFonque", "Funk It" co-written by Dean Brown)
  • 2002-Kirk Whalum- Best of Kirk Whalum
  • 2001-Dean Brown- Here
  • 2001-Victor Bailey- That's Right
  • 2001-Jason Miles/Various Artists- To Grover With Love
  • 2001-Bob James- Restoration: The Best of Bob James
  • 2001-Various Artists- Telarc Sampler
  • 2001-John Favicchia- Dharma ("The Gauntlet" written by Dean Brown)
  • 2001-Randy Brecker- Hangin' In The City
  • 2001-David Mann-"Touch"
  • 2001-David Sanborn-"David Sanborn and Friends" - DVD
  • 2001-Bill Evans-"Soul Insider"
  • 2000-Bikithi Kumalo-"In Front Of My Eyes"
  • 2000-Jason Miles/Various Artists- Celebrating The Music Of Weather Report
  • 2000-Joe Piket- Nine Times Framed
  • 2000-Jason Miles/Various Artists- A Love Affair - The Music of Ivan Lins (Grammy-Best Male Pop Vocal Performance-Sting for “She Walks This Earth” (Soberana Rosa)
  • 1999-Ricky Peterson- Souvenir (Ignorance is Bliss co-written by Dean Brown)
  • 1999-Bill Evans- Touch
  • 1999-Nelson Rangell- Always
  • 1999-David Sanborn- Inside (Grammy-Best Contemporary Jazz Performance)
  • 1999-Billy Cobham- By Design
  • 1999-Master Vel- The Price Of Freedom
  • 1999-Marcus Miller- Live And More
  • 1999-Brecker Brothers- Priceless Jazz
  • 1998-Walkaway- Night Life (Headless Horseman, Beatin' Silver, written by Dean Brown)
  • 1998-Various Artists- Hot Jazz Biscuits
  • 1997-Roberta Flack- The Christmas Album
  • 1997-Weldon Irvine- Spoken Melodies
  • 1997-Various Artists- NBA at 50: A Musical Celebration
  • 1997-Till Bronner- Midnight
  • 1997-Eddie Harris- The Last Concert
  • 1997-John Favicchia- World Time
  • 1997-Various Artists- Hot Jazz Biscuits
  • 1996-David Sanborn- Songs From The Night Before
  • 1996-Lenny White- Renderers of Spirit
  • 1996-Tom Coster- From the Street
  • 1996-Bernard Purdie's- Soul to Jazz
  • 1996-Various Artists- JVC XRCD Sampler
  • 1996-Jason Miles- Mr. X
  • 1995-Various Artists- People
  • 1995-Lenny White- Present Tense
  • 1995-Various Artists- Blue Suede Sneakers
  • 1994-The Brecker Brothers- Out Of The Loop (Grammy -Best Instrumental Composition "African Skies" and Grammy -Best Contemporary Jazz Performance- Out Of The Loop)
  • 1994-David Sanborn- Hearsay
  • 1994-Bob James- Restless
  • 1994-Marcus Miller- Tales
  • 1994-Jason Miles- World Tour
  • 1993-Marcus Miller- The Sun Don't Lie
  • 1993-Kirk Whalum- Cache
  • 1993-Gary Rosen- Tot Rock
  • 1993-Color Me Badd- Time And Chance
  • 1993-The Mann Brothers- Mann to Mann
  • 1992-The Brecker Brothers- Return of the Brecker Brothers
  • 1992-Takeshi T.K. Ito- Visions
  • 1992-Steps Ahead- Yin-Yang
  • 1991-Various Artists- Beyond the Groove: Contemporary Jazz on The Move
  • 1990-Bob James- Grand Piano Canyon
  • 1990-Various Artists- GRP Digital Sampler, Vol. 2
  • 1989-Kirk Whalum- The Promise
  • 1988-Kirk Whalum- And You Know That
  • 1988-Rob Prester- Trillium
  • 1988-Roland Vasquez- The Tides Of Time
  • 1988-Al Corley- The Big Picture
  • 1988-Bob James- Ivory Coast
  • 1987-Steve Smith- Global Beat ("One Flight Up" co-written by Dean Brown)
  • 1987-Lee Venters- 388 Marlborough Street ("Noah's Ark" written by Dean Brown)
  • 1987-Steve Smith- Part I and II DVD/Video
  • 1986-Billy Cobham- Power Play
  • 1985-Billy Cobham- Warning
  • 1984-Steve Smith- Orion ("The Strut" written by Dean Brown)
  • 1983-Steve Smith- Vital Information
  • 1982-Billy Cobham- Smokin - Live at Montreux ("Some Other Kind" written by Dean Brown)
  • 1982-Tiger Okoshi- Mudd Cake
  • 1982-Billy Cobham– Observations+ ("M.S.R." written by Dean Brown)


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Return of the Brecker Brothers". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  2. ^ "Out of the Loop: Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  3. ^ "CD/LP Review: Dean Brown with Dennis Chambers and Will Lee Release "DBIII: Live in Tokyo"". All About Jazz. 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
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