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Oscar Deric Brown

OSCAR DERIC BROWN BIOGRAPHY Oscar Deric Brown is a world-renowned pianist, composer, producer and arranger. He first cultivated his love of music as a piano prodigy at the early age of three. Highly regarded for his compositions, film scoring and animation work, Oscar has also collaborated and performed with great musicians of every conceivable genre, notables such as Celia Cruz, Ray Charles, Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Santana, Chuck D, Bjork, Mongo Santamaria, Miles Davis, Tony Williams, Rasheed Ali, Cyndi Lauper, Herbie Hancock, Nona Hendryx, Youssou N’Dour, Debbie Harry, Bad Brains,Michael Urbaniak, David Sanborn, Abby Lincoln along with countless others. He performs currently with the Oscar Deric Brown Quartet, featuring saxophonist Azar Lawrence, drummer Derek Roberts and bassist Edward Livingston. His jazz roots run deep, with early exposure to influences such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. At the age of 16, Brown became apprentice to world-renowned composer Oliver Nelson and he also studied piano with jazz legends Horace Silver and Walter Bishop, Jr. In the fall of 1975, Brown re-located to San Francisco, where he worked with significant members of the Bay Area jazz scene, including Pharoah Sanders, Julian Priester, Michael White, and Dr. Eddie Henderson. After touring with Santana, Brown moved to New York, where he played with countless musicians, including David Sanborn, Michael Shrieve, Michael Urbaniak, Narada Michael Walden, and Rashied Ali. In 1978, Brown was hired by the legendary Dizzy Gillespie to play on his world tour. Not content with being confined to one genre, Brown pursued his love of composing and conducting symphonies by enrolling in Juillard’s conducting program. In 1981, Brown’s 2nd symphony, “Peace To One,” a collaborative work with sculptor/painter Daniel LaRue Johnson, was commissioned by the United Nations and funded by the Yamaha International Foundation, the Tony Goldman Foundation, and the Phelps-Stokes Foundation. In 1997, he was commissioned to compose music for the opening ceremony of the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. His skill at painting pictures with music led to scoring for film and television. In 1988, he composed music for director Joel Freedman's documentary film, “To Protect Mother Earth.” In 1990, he was asked by director Wim Wenders to compose music for three films: “Till the End of the World,” “Dream Island,” and “Electric Paintings.” The following year, Brown performed the three film scores on a solo tour of Japan. In 1996, Brown composed music for Michael Fazwa's controversial film, “Storybook Red,” and began composing for Fox Television's “New York Undercover” (1996-1998). Brown relocated to Los Angeles California to compose music for the animated television series “Rugrats” and “Zip & Terri.” As CEO of Brilliant ColorWorks, Mr. Brown elevates the transformative power of music through A Better Dream Project, a global initiative promoting social and cultural dialogue. In 1995, Brown partnered with Kenny Inaoka and artist Kenji Koga to raise funds for victims of the Hanshin earthquake by producing the World Music Festival in Kobe. Brown brought together artists such as Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette, and more. He continues a global dialogue and is currently focusing the same resources to help benefit the victims of the 3- 11 tsunami in Japan.

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Herbie Hancock calls Oscar Deric Brown “The best piano player in the world”
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