John V. Brown, Jr., leader of the John Brown Quintet and double bass player, is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John began studying the bass with Susan Ellington when he was nine years old and has been performing professionally since his teens.
“I was always surrounded by music when I was young, and I especially loved my mother’s playing,” John says from his home in Durham, North Carolina. His mother plays the piano, and he remembers being inspired to take up the bass after watching the Duke Ellington Orchestra perform on television. Beginning with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra at thirteen, he filled the role of Principal Bass with that orchestra while still in high school. John studied with Craig Brown and John Cubbage of the North Carolina Symphony and with Daniel Swaim and Pam Andrews at Brevard Music Center in the summer of 1987. At UNC-Greensboro he studied with Jack Budrow, and while still an undergraduate, he began performing with the North Carolina Symphony. In college, John developed a great love for jazz and began pursuing careers in both jazz and classical music. He honed his skills over the next dozen years, performing the world over, and in 2004 formed the John Brown Quintet.
Terms of Art: A Tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers is the 2007 John Brown Quintet debut CD release, quickly followed by Merry Christmas, Baby just in time for the holidays. Two more CD releases are planned for 2008.