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”.
Two years later, on the same international festival, on a night headlined by American contemporary jazz vibist Roy Ayers, Jamaican Gleaner writer Adrian Frater noted, “Although not attracting top billing, it was the charismatic and musically charged Dr. Kathy Brown who stole the spotlight as the 2007 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival ended its two-night stopover at the Half Moon Shopping Centre in Montego Bay”.
En route to Jamaica’s biggest jazz festivals, inclusive of the Ocho Rios International Jazz Festival and Port Royal Music Festival, the pulchritudinous pianist made regular stops at smaller shows and venues, for instance, the Jamaica Pegasus’ Jazz in the Gardens and Jazz on the Green series, Red Bones Blues Café, Christopher’s Jazz Cafe and others.