Damon Brown is a musician who is enthusiastically exploring the possibilities of the 6 string bass guitar. His 2008 debut CD Falling Forward captures his compositional and bass work in the modern jazz genre. Brown’s recorded works feature his playing in ways that expand his role as a bassist and leader. “I am always wanting to find creative ways to communicate with listeners through my instrument” Brown states, and he adds, “Even though I feature the bass guitar in unconventional roles, my focus is making my compositions as musical and expressive as possible.” As he draws heavily from the jazz traditions, Brown does not shy away from swinging on bass guitar even though he is an accomplished double bassist. “I have always continued to play more traditional jazz on bass guitar as well as upright and feel that bass guitar has a place in jazz music.”
Born in South Boston VA in 1970, Damon was the youngest of 3 boys and was encouraged, along with his brothers, to follow his musical inclinations at an early age. He recalls,“ My father whistled melodies while he played guitar, and his music and soulfulness left a lasting imprint on me.” Damon would play guitar as well at an early age, but it was in 1983 when certain events began to shape his life. He remembers, “ In 1983 I picked up the bass, began performing in a band with my brothers Derek and Duane, and my life long friend, guitarist Harold Greene, who joined our band later that year. It was a huge year for me.” Damon performed regularly with the group and rehearsed every week, along with taking every music class his public school offered.