Norman Brown (guitarist)

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Norman Brown
Born (1970-12-18) December 18, 1970 (age 46)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Genres Smooth jazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1992–present
Labels Mo Jazz, Warner Bros., Peak, Heads Up
Associated acts Russ Freeman, BWB

Norman Brown (born December 18, 1970 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American smooth jazz guitarist and singer, often compared to George Benson.[1][2]


In 1992 Norman Brown released his debut album Just Between Us from Motown Records' Jazz label, Mo Jazz. Collaborators included the chorus group Boyz II Men, the singer Stevie Wonder and also noted engineer and writer Kenneth H. Williams. A portion of the album was produced by Norman Connors, a jazz drummer and producer who discovered Brown. In 1994 Brown released the album After the Storm, which gained critical success. He followed this album with the 1996 release Better Days Ahead, which earned him a broader audience. Brown transferred to Warner Bros. Records. In 2000, he released Celebration, which was produced by Paul Brown.

In 2002, he formed BWB with saxophonist Kirk Whalum and trumpeter Rick Braun, and they released Groovin' .

In 2003, his producer Paul Brown and he won Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album for 2002's Just Chillin'. This album was followed by the 2004 release West Coast Coolin′.

During the summer of 2007, Brown had a No. 1 smooth jazz radio hit, "Let's Take a Ride," taken from the album Stay With Me, according to Radio and Records magazine.

In 2008, the Verve Music Group re-released Just Between Us as part of its "Verve Originals" series.

His music can be heard during The Weather Channel's "Local on the 8s" segments. His song "Lydian" is included in their 2008 compilation release, The Weather Channel Presents: Smooth Jazz II.

He is currently an artist on Russ Freeman's label Peak Records.

In June 2010, Brown released a recent album, Sending My Love.

In 2012, Norman Brown released a new album collaborate with Gerald Albright, 24/7.


Year Album Label
1992 Just Between Us Motown
1994 After The Storm Motown
1996 Better Days Ahead Motown
1999 Celebration Warner Bros.
2002 Just Chillin' Warner Bros.
2004 West Coast Coolin' Warner Bros.
2007 Stay With Me Peak
2010 Sending My Love Peak
2012 24/7 (with Gerald Albright) Concord


  • 2002 Groovin' (Warner Bros.)
  • 2013 Human Nature: The Songs of Michael Jackson (Heads Up)
  • 2016 BWB (Artistry/Mack Avenue)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Biography: Norman Brown". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  2. ^ The International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002, Andy Gregory (ed.), Europa Publications (2002); pg. 65; OCLC 50172992 ISSN 1740-0163

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