Born: December 17, 1969 Primary Instrument: Guitar, 12-string
Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, Scott Brown began his music studies on piano at the Community Music Center, where he attended from age 7 through age 11. This was the extent of his formal training. After developing interest in the San Francisco Punk Scene and switching instruments from piano to electric guitar in his teens, he played with Mission District punk band ‘Zona Roja’ from 1985 through 1989. Also during that time, (1988-1991) he experimented with the ‘Improvisational Rock’ genre with a group called ‘Rula’, on electric guitar and percussion. The group was a trio (with drumset and bass) and would play songs totally improvised, as well as a few arranged songs. At the beginning of the session, the only guidelines would be key signature and tempo. However, even these things may have changed throughout the tune.
Around this time, after exploring diversity in music, he developed an interest in Latin Jazz and Salsa. Attending various workshops and classes by such professionals as Carlos Frederico continued to spark an interest. However, after seeing Yomo Toro play live at a Mission District Street Fair, he knew that the Cuatro was the instrument for him. With the Cuatro came interest in Puerto Rico’s Musica Jibara, and its numerous masters, such as Ramito, Chuito and Nieves Quintero. This led to the desire to start a Salsa Orquesta, and Orquesta Surco Nuevo was born, formed along with master timbalero Orlando Morales and other key musicians. Scott Brown bucked the San Francisco Salsa Scene trends of the time (mid-90’s Salsa Romantica) by performing Salsa Classica or Salsa Dura at many of the scene’s clubs at the time. As the musical director/leader, he composed numerous original compositions and contributed new arrangements to old school Salsa standards. As the Booking Manager, he booked the band in various venues such as San Francisco’s Club Cocomo, San Jose’s Jazz Festival and Pittsburg’s Seafood Festival. Orquesta Surco Nuevo enjoyed a run from 1993-2005, released their self-titled CD in 1999 (with Scott Brown producing, composing, arranging all original material, providing CD Artistic Design and overseeing all recording sessions), and then was disbanded when he relocated to Hayward.
Working with various other groups for a couple of years, Scott Brown finally decided to begin another Orquesta de Salsa so along with long time collaborator Orlando Morales, Orquesta Salsa Dura was born in May of 2007. This group, emphasizing hard-driving Salsa Dura with strong improvisation/soloing from all members is always an exciting show to listen to as well as dance. This group has played at venues such as Garberville’s Summer Arts Festival and The Redwood City Salsa Festival.
Various other projects include a small Quintet: (Tenor Sax/Flute, Cuatro, Bass, Conga, Timbale) Latin Jazz Combo and a Latin/Punk fusion band. The Latin Jazz Combo has performed as La Quinta Con Cuatro early 2009 in Oakland, CA. With further thought, any future performances will probably go under, simply, Scott Brown’s Jazz Descarga. The Latin/Punk fusion band is still in its planning stages but figures to have Electric Guitar, Cuatro, Bass, Conga, Drums/Timbale.
In 2011, Scott Brown along with Jim Gordon, John Rodriguez, Andy Woodhouse and Alex Nunez, formed the band The San Francisco Latin Jazz Society and released their debut CD Now What on Ahau Records, Scott's independent record label.
Tracks: Toca Adentro; Chan Chan; Cordillera Central; Un Jibaro en la Ciudad; Descarga de Las Cuerdas; La Salsa Verdadera.
Personnel: Scott Brown: Cuatro, Bass, Coro, Percussion; Demian Contreras: 12-String Guitar, Bass, Coro; Orlando Morales: Timbale; Cris Matos: Vocal; Israel Matos: Vocal; Andy Woodhouse: Bass; Enrique Padilla: Conga
Orquesta Salsa Dura - En Cada Barrio Revolucion (Ahau Records, 2011)
Tracks: Barrio Revolucion; La Bomba Diferente; Callejero; Prefiero La Salsa; Quemando Plastico; El Montero; Las Cuerdas y Los Cueros; Sin Patria; Siempre Tocando; Brilla.
Personnel: Scott Brown: Cuatro, Coro, Percussion; Orlando Morales: Timbale; David Barrios: Trombone; Mike Parykaza: Trumpet; Pedro Rosales: Vocals.
The San Francisco Latin Jazz Society - Now What (Ahau Records, 2011)
Tracks: Son Ray; Now What; The Creator; The Insurrection; Something For Freddy.
Personnel: Scott Brown: 12-String Guitar, Percussion; Jim Gordon: Horns, Keys, Percussion; Alex Nunez: Congas; John Rodriguez: Drumset; Andy Woodhouse: Bass
Surco Nuevo - 10th Anniversary Edition (Ahau Records, 2011)
Tracks: Toca Adentro; Chan Chan; Cordillera Central; Un Jibaro en la Ciudad; Descarga de Las Cuerdas; La Salsa Verdadera; Oye Las Cuerdas; Descarga de Las Cuerdas (Alt Solos)
Personnel: Scott Brown: Cuatro, Bass, Coro, Percussion; Demian Contreras: 12-String Guitar, Bass, Coro; Orlando Morales: Timbale; Cris Matos: Vocal; Israel Matos: Vocal; Andy Woodhouse: Bass; Enrique Padilla: Conga; Andy Woodhouse: Bass; Jim Gordon: Trumpet and Flute; Alex Nunez: Conga Solo
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