Consider the songs in our hearts that inspire us toward uplifted continence; melodies that ring out in a manner that is soulful ... even funky! Now think of an artist; an artist who George Benson describes as joy filled in expressiveness and believable in any musical style, topping the jazz and adult contemporary / R & B charts with his kickin' trumpet and rich jazz melodies. That artist ... is trumpeter Tom Browne.
Browne began to carve a path for his musical future early on, studying via scholarship under Murray Karpilovsky (principal trumpeter with the NBC Orchestra directed by Arturo Toscanini.) A student at the co-joined High School of Music and Art / Performing Arts in New York (renowned courtesy of the motion picture entitled Fame,) Browne became a regular on the New York jazz scene and had the fortune of learning first hand from masters like Jimmy Nottingham, Richard Williams, Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard. Browne soon played his first pro level performances as sideman to jazz greats Weldon Irvine and Sonny Fortune for which he earned domestic and international recognition. It was no surprist that Downbeat Magazine would single out his warm trumpet during the review of Fortunes' 1976 Infinity Is album.
Then in 1978, Browne led a traditional jazz quintet at the Breezin' Lounge, an uptown New York nightclub indirectly affiliated with George Benson. Through contacts made by Jimmy Boyd, Bensons' former and Brownes' subsequent manager, Browne was offered several solo recording contracts and ultimately signed with Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen on the newly formed GRP Record label. There he recorded six solo projects including several hits. His debut release Browne Sugar (1979) dominated the jazz charts for many weeks while Love Approach (1980) and Magic (1981) each earned gold album status and spawned hits like Funkin' For Jamaica, Thighs High and Secret Fantasy. Browne went on to win prestigious Billboard honors of Best Instrumentalist, Best Jazz Cross-Over, Best Jazz Artist-Trumpet and Best Jazz Solo Album.
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
North Carolina Central University-Adjunct Instructor-Trumpet.
(Studied via scholarship under Murray Karpilovsky.)
Internet web-cam lessons available worldwide. ($50 USD per hour or by approved arrangement.)
Recognition of the pitfalls of "pattern" solos. (Learning to build a solo from heart rather than technique.