Norman Brown (guitarist)

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Norman Brown
Background information
Birth name Norman Brown
Born (1970-12-18) December 18, 1970 (age 45)
Origin Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Genres Smooth jazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Guitarist
Instruments Guitar

Mo Jazz 1992 - 1998
Warner Bros. Records 1998 - 2004
Peak Records 2006 - 2012

Heads Up International 2012 - present
Associated acts Russ Freeman
BWB (band)
Website official site

Norman Brown (born December 18, 1970 in Kansas City, Missouri) is a smooth jazz guitarist and singer, often compared to his contemporary 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.


Norman Brown[edit]

titles year label
Just Between Us 1992 Motown
After the Storm 1994 Motown
Better Days Ahead 1996 Motown
Celebration 1999 Warner Bro.
Just Chillin' 2002 Warner Bro.
West Coast Coolin' 2004 Warner Bro.
Stay with Me 2007 Peak
Sending My Love 2010 Peak
24/7 with Gerald Albright 2012 Heads Up



titles year label
Groovin' 2002 Warner Bros.
Human Nature 2013 Heads Up

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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