Born: April 18 Primary Instrument: Piano
Kathy Brown M.D. pianist, composer, bandleader, recording artist
KathyBrown, standout Jamaican pianist, jazz instrumentalist and medical doctor, routinely captivates audiences with pleasing jazz arrangements and delightful piano riffs, whether performing solo or as leader of the Kathy Brown Band.
The April birth musician, who, incidentally, has an academic familiarity with the French language, plays the piano with verve or, as the French says, joie de vivre, with energy and love of life. And, the rave reviews corroborate these sentiments.
For instance, American Christopher Porter, writing in the reputable Jazz Times, described the pianist's 20-minutes performance at Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in this manner. “The multitalented Dr. Kathy Brown, a jazz and reggae pianist, played a really fun but too-short set, mostly consisting of standards such as Caravan” and “Afro Blue”....
Pianist extraordinaire Dr Kathy Brown displayed her unmistakable dynamic blend of passionate keyboard artistry synchronising with frenzied high-energy drumming from Desi Jones, along with his friends, Denver Smith on congas, Peter James on keyboard and Dale Haslam on bass. In the various expositions, they engaged a great deal of improvisation and instrumentation which were elastic.
Dr Brown's skill, coupled with her desire to please her audience, displayed a most sophisticated style of playing and a type of delicacy towards refinement which earned her some well- deserved applause from the highly appreciated audience. Her take on the Wailers' Get Up, Stand Up, was superb.
Dr. Kathy Brown releases first album
By ROLAND HENRY Sunday Observer Staff reporter
Music is her medicine, or so it seems.
“Being a full-time musician and a part time doctor simply means there’s never a dull moment,” writes pianist, Dr. Katherine ‘Kathy’ Brown in her liner notes on her recently released first album, Mission: A Musical Journey.
The work is primarily a collection of instrumental tracks • save two that feature minimal vocals by jazz performer Toni Anderson • which are, for the most part, deft arrangements with surprising twists.
The nine-track album opens with a cover of bob Marley’s Get Up, Stand Up, a blend of strings and percussions that heightens toward the end with a drum solo by Deleon White.
Kathy Brown completes album 'Mission' published: Sunday | September 30, 2007 Mel Cooke, Freelance Writer
Pianist Kathy Brown's debut album Mission: A Musical Journey is appropriately entitled in more ways than one. For one, it captures many of the influences on her personal musical journey from the classical and folk music she heard at home in Mandeville through to the African and Latin rhythms which reached out and grabbed her from record stores in the United States.
And, making the nine-track instrumental album was a journey in itself, a voyage into production waters which she first dipped her fingers in three years ago...... Now that the mission has been accomplished Brown says I feel relieved. I feel grateful for this product. Not because I have talent means it would have got this far.
Being actually pleased with the entire album is another matter, though, as she says Kathy Brown is a perfectionist, so it is very hard for me to be excited about my own music. I am glad for what it is
Dr Kathy Brown, pianist keyboardist extraordinnaire, thrilled Christopher's Café last Tuesday.
Dr Kathy Brown, a fixture on the jazz scene, did not disappoint either, showing poise and ease in her delivery, stirring the audience with the sounds of Summertime, Marley's Get Up Stand Up, Mission and Afro Blue and leaving them fully satisfied.- Jamaica Observer (Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2007
Jazz fest gets medical treatment
published: Friday | January 26, 2007
Adrian Frater, News Editor
GLEANER WESTERN BUREAU:
Although not attracting top billing, it was the charismatic and musically charged Dr. Kathy Brown who stole the spotlight on Wednesday night as the 2007 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival ended its two-night stopover in the scenic theatre at the Half Moon Shopping Centre, Montego Bay.
With brilliant support coming from famed drummer Desi Jones, top-flight bassist Ian Hoilett and master percussionist Denver Smith, who also played congo drums; Dr. Brown was almost therapeutic in her delivery as she drew prolonged applause from the small but appreciative audience.
Mission: A Musical Journey
Get Up, Stand Up; Flintstone; Latin Groove; Grandfather (Ntate Moholo; Mission; Could You Be Loved; Rasta Journey; Maiden Voyage; Summertime.
Personnel: Kathy Brown: Kurzweil, Yamaha PIANO, Sherwayne Thompson, Aeion Hoilett, Donald Waugh: BASS, Desi Jones, DeLeon White: DRUMS, Denver Smith: PERCUSSIONS, Keith Hanson, Djenne Greaves: CONGAS, Toni Anderson: VOCALS. Note: Summertime was recorded live at the Jamaica Pegasus' Jazz in The Garden series (2003)
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