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Norman Brown

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Norman Brown has a lot to live up to. Since the release of his critically acclaimed 2002 album, Just Chillin' - which won a Grammy in the prestigious Best Pop Instrumental Category - this innovative and original guitarist has been front and center in the fast evolving fusion of pop, R&B and jazz that has captured the imagination of true music aficionados across the country and around the world.

Now, with the release of West Coast Coolin', Norman Brown consolidates his reputation as a premier recording and performing artist with a collection of ten tracks -- written and co-written by the artist - that take the sonic adventure of Just Chillin' into breathtaking new spheres. It's an innovation due in large part to Brown's exceptional skills as a distinctive urban vocalist, with the specially selected tracks of West Coast Coolin' providing the perfect vehicle for this dazzling new facet of his career. As a result, Norman Brown joins a very select list of versatile urban artists gifted as both instrumentalists and vocalists.

"My fans kept asking me to do more singing," explains Brown on the impetus and inspiration behind West Coast Coolin'. "At the same time I wanted to go further into some of the great Soul and R&B sounds that have been such a tremendous influence on me. I tried to bring those two goals together on this new album." Assisting in the process was a top flight team of producers, including Paul Brown, the man behind the boards for both Just Chillin' and its predecessor, 2000's Celebration, as well as the accomplished R&B and Urban Contemporary producers James Poyser and Viktor Dupliax (known for their work with Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo and Macy Grey), who likewise had a hand in the magic of Just Chillin'.

The result is a dazzling collection of consummately crafted tracks that showcase both Brown's urban vocals skills on such tracks as "I Might," "Angel" and "Come Over" and his richly nuanced guitar styling on key cuts like "Up N At Em," "Let Play " and "Right Now." Simply put, West Coast Coolin' delivers on all the promise of this extraordinary artist...and then some.
All which should come as no surprise to savvy music fans. Over the course of five landmark releases and a virtually constant itinerary of international touring, this gifted and gloriously versatile guitarist and vocalist has established himself as one of a handful of preeminent instrumentalists and composers in contemporary musical realms, setting a standard for virtuosity that has placed the Shreveport, La. native in a category of one.

It's a love affair with music that began at the tender age of eight, after the family had relocated to Kansas City. It was there that Brown first heard the mind-blowing brilliance of Jimi Hendrix and determined to make the guitar his life. The obligatory garage rock apprenticeship followed, but it was Brown's steelworker father who eventually introduced his son to the equally life-changing influence of Wes Montgomery and turned his talents toward jazz.

After graduating high school, Brown headed west to study at the renowned Musician's Institute in Los Angeles, eventually landing a teaching job at the school even as he put together his first jazz combo and began playing on the city's thriving club scene. Adding George Benson to his list of seminal influences, Brown had already garnered a small but fanatical following when he landed his first recording contract with Motown Records. Over the course of the next four years he released three critically acclaimed albums, Just Between Us (1992), the gold-selling After The Storm (1994) and Better Days Ahead (1996). The decade drew to a close with a new label, Warner Bros. Records, and one of his most accomplished and assured offerings, the above mentioned Celebration, which marked the beginning of his fruitful collaboration with ace producer Paul Brown.

Celebration was followed, two years later, by the Grammy winning Just Chillin', spotlighting an altogether more laid back sound and an A-list of supporting vocalists that included Michael McDonald, Chante Moore, Miki Howard and others.

The album was followed by a further round of extensive touring that included SRO appearances in North America, Japan, Europe and Africa, where Brown played for wildly appreciative audiences. Even with his packed calendar he somehow managed to find time to begin writing new material that built and elaborated on the innovations of West Coast Coolin'.

"I knew I wanted to get more into singing," he reveals, "so most of the songs I wrote had that purpose in mind. At the same time I wanted to move deeper into the R&B grooves that I'd been exploring both on stage and in the studio. I was interested, more than anything, it giving the music the space to evolve." That intent got a powerful boost with a 2002 Grammy for Just Chillin' as Best Pop Instrumental. "It was a tremendous affirmation," Brown acknowledges. "I knew I was heading in the right direction."

It's a direction that, on West Coast Coolin', has brought Norman Brown to some of the most singularly satisfying musical soundscapes of his lifelong journey. "It's important to reach your audience, to give them an experience they will remember," he concludes. "But music is also about finding out what gives you joy and pursuing that. I think on this album, I've managed to do both."

In the process, Norman Brown has lived up to an expectation for originality that continues to grow with each concert and every new

Stay With Me
2007


1. Let's Take A Ride

2. You Keep Lifting Me Higher

3. Pop's Cool Groove

4. It Ain't Over BWB

5. So In Love

6. Stay With Me

7. Soul Dance

8. Every Little Thing

9. A Quiet Place

 

 

West Coast Coolin'
2004

1. I Might (featuring Carol Riddick)

2. Up ’N’ At ’Em

3. West Coast Coolin’

4. Missin’ You

5. I’m Comin’ Over

6. What’s Goin’ On

7. Let’s Play

8. Right Now

9. Angel

10. Remember The Time

 

 

Just Chillin'
2002

1. Night Drive

2. Just Chillin'

3. Let's Wait Awhile

4. I Still Believe (feat. Michael McDonald)

5. The Feeling I Get

6. Not Like You Do (feat. Mikki Howard)

7. In My Life

8. Feeling The Way (feat. Chante Moore)

9. Won't You Stay (feat. Debbie Nova)

10. Dancing In The House

 

Celebration
2000

1. Out'a Nowhere

2. Together At Last

3. Paradise

4. You Make Me Feel Brand New

5. Celebration

6. Getting By

7. Rain

8. Never Again

9. Breaking Out

10. It's Time For Love

11. Stay Strong

12. Rain (Remix) Featuring Vesta

 


Better Days Ahead
1996

1. This TIme Around

2. Better Days Ahead

3. After The Love Is Gone

4. Places In The Heart

5. Third World

6. Come Closer To Me

7. N-Control

8. Serenade

9. Your Body's Callin'

10. Facts Of Love

 

 

The Very Best of Norman
1995

1. That's the Way Love Goes

2. Better Days Ahead

3. Just Between Us

4. Any Love

5. Too High

6. Lydian

7. Moonlight Tonight

8. After the Storm

9. After the Love Is Gone

10. Your Body's Callin'

11. For the Love of You

 


After The Storm
1994

1. Take Me There

2. After The Storm

3. That's The Way Love Goes

4. Any Love

5. Lydian

6. For The Love Of You

7. Trashman

8. It Costs To Love

9. Let's Come Together

10. Acoustic Time

11. El Dulce Sol

12. Family

 

 

Just Between Us
1992

1. Stormin'

2. Just Between Us

3. East Meets West

4. Love's Holiday

5. It's A Feelin'

6. Too High

7. Something Just For You

8. Here To Stay

9. Moonlight Tonight

10. Sweet Taste

11. Inside

 

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October 14, 2008

2008 Tour Dates

Nov. 14&15 Lagos, Nigeria Muson Center  

Nov. 29 Huntington Beach, CA Hyatt NB’s Smooth
Jazz Xmas
Featuring: Jeff Lorber & Eric Darius
 
Dec. 6 Grand Cayman Cayman Island Music Fest.
Pagent Beach
 

Dec.13

San Diego, CA KIFM Smooth Jazz Christmas
Show – 4th & B
345 B Street
NB’s Smooth
Jazz Xmas
Featuring: Alex Bugnon & Eric Darius

January 31 - February 5, 2009 Smooth Jazz Music
Cruise
Departing From Miami on the
beautiful and luxurious
Celebrity Century
 
 

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February 11, 2008

January 2009 Smooth Music Cruise

The Smooth Music Cruise 2009
The Ultimate Music Vacation
January 31 - February 5, 2009


Dear Smooth Music Fan,

Haven Entertainment is very excited to announce
the details of the January 2009 Smooth Music Cruise
setting sail from Miami on the beautiful and luxurious
Celebrity Century.

You don't want to miss this Full Ship Charter!

You'll have the option of many different stateroom categories. Veranda cabins, several different types of suites that include your very own butler. Our ports of call will include stops in Key West, the private island of Coco Cay and the Bahamas.

As upscale as this year's cruise will be, it's still all about the music. And we'll be doing it up in a big way again this next sailing. This year's full ship charter will have even more music than ever before. And nothing but music fans aboard the ship. Norman Brown hosts along with fellow headliner and jam session host Nick Colionne. Boney James, Mindi Abair, Heather Headley, Larry Carlton, Acoustic Alchemy and many more will also be on
board to keep the party going.

We encourage you to visit our recently updated website at www.smoothmusiccruise.com for our complete line up, and all the specifics for this year's sailing. And for more information or to book your cruise, please call Cruises Only at (877) 529-5729.
From outside North America, please call 00-1-617-587-6200.
Thanks again and we hope to see you in Miami for the January 2009 Smooth Music Cruise.

Your friends at Haven Entertainment.

A note from Bob

I look forward to seeing you on the 2009 Smooth Music Cruise. We've got a lot of exciting things planned. The artists are in place, the ship is fantastic. You won't want to miss it.
All the best.
Sincerely,
Bob


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Posted October 02, 2010


Donald Brown

A Sculptor's Passion

Sculpting Email: artistadmin@gmail.com
Website: http://www.donaldbrown.tv

He has been dubbed 'The Rennaissance Man' for over a quarter of a century by his native countrymen and admirers in England.

However, since the first of his many visits and guest appearances at red carpet events in the U.S., Donald Brown has and continues to take America by storm with his amazing limited edition works of art that are true Twenty-First Century masterpieces.

By the age of 14, Donald drew national television and media attention for his sculptures. However, his first university degree application was rejected on the grounds that there was no one at the university capable of teaching him anything where his technique and ability was concerned.

His second application was successful as he opted to study the history of art the following year and Brown later graduated with a BA Honors Degree in Fine Art Sculpture in 1988 from Wolverhampton University in England.
What makes Donald so unique is that he is self taught and even from the tender age of ten he chose to ignore those who discouraged him from making, what they viewed as, an unwise career choice. He however, pursued his dream of becoming a sculptor. Now the international demand for his works have excelled even his expectations.

1) Dr. Maya Angelou "Donald Brown is impressive. His approach to material and his respect for material combine to make his art quite wonderful."

2) Congressman John "Everytme I see your sculptures I am very impressed. Lewis I've got my eye on the Genius sculpture, it's a great masterpiece."

3) Smokey Robinson "Your work is incredible."

4) Lerone Bennett "The Bennetts will always be indebted to you for your vision and touch."

5) Terrie Williams "Art work that is soul stirring and mind provoking."

6) John Amos "I regard Donald Brown as a true Rennaissance Man. With his talents and literally in every area of
the art world, Donald Brown is destined to become recognized on a global basis."

Recipients of his works, courtesy of The Ted Turner Trumpet Awards (98 & 99) include General Colin Powell, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Coach Eddie Robinson, Jackie Joyner Kersee, John 'Buck' O'Neil, Smokey Robinson, Jessye Norman, Deloris Jordan (mother of Michael Jordan), Barbara Sinatra, Bryant Gumbel, Kweisi Mfume and Debbie Allen.

Establishments such as Morehouse College, The Nigerian Embassy in Washington D.C., The NAACP and the ANC in South Africa own a Donald Brown.

Many owners expressed the profound effect that his works and the symbolisms behind his sculptures continue to have on them.

Donald Brown has and continues to take the art of sculpture to a whole level and is without doubt one of (if not) the hottest rising sculptor on the planet


CynthiaMarciaBall
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Female, Age Private, Brooklyn, NY

Posted October 02, 2010


Donald Brown

A Sculptor's Passion

Sculpting Email: artistadmin@gmail.com
Website: http://www.donaldbrown.tv

He has been dubbed 'The Rennaissance Man' for over a quarter of a century by his native countrymen and admirers in England.

However, since the first of his many visits and guest appearances at red carpet events in the U.S., Donald Brown has and continues to take America by storm with his amazing limited edition works of art that are true Twenty-First Century masterpieces.

By the age of 14, Donald drew national television and media attention for his sculptures. However, his first university degree application was rejected on the grounds that there was no one at the university capable of teaching him anything where his technique and ability was concerned.

His second application was successful as he opted to study the history of art the following year and Brown later graduated with a BA Honors Degree in Fine Art Sculpture in 1988 from Wolverhampton University in England.
What makes Donald so unique is that he is self taught and even from the tender age of ten he chose to ignore those who discouraged him from making, what they viewed as, an unwise career choice. He however, pursued his dream of becoming a sculptor. Now the international demand for his works have excelled even his expectations.

1) Dr. Maya Angelou "Donald Brown is impressive. His approach to material and his respect for material combine to make his art quite wonderful."

2) Congressman John "Everytme I see your sculptures I am very impressed. Lewis I've got my eye on the Genius sculpture, it's a great masterpiece."

3) Smokey Robinson "Your work is incredible."

4) Lerone Bennett "The Bennetts will always be indebted to you for your vision and touch."

5) Terrie Williams "Art work that is soul stirring and mind provoking."

6) John Amos "I regard Donald Brown as a true Rennaissance Man. With his talents and literally in every area of
the art world, Donald Brown is destined to become recognized on a global basis."

Recipients of his works, courtesy of The Ted Turner Trumpet Awards (98 & 99) include General Colin Powell, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Coach Eddie Robinson, Jackie Joyner Kersee, John 'Buck' O'Neil, Smokey Robinson, Jessye Norman, Deloris Jordan (mother of Michael Jordan), Barbara Sinatra, Bryant Gumbel, Kweisi Mfume and Debbie Allen.

Establishments such as Morehouse College, The Nigerian Embassy in Washington D.C., The NAACP and the ANC in South Africa own a Donald Brown.

Many owners expressed the profound effect that his works and the symbolisms behind his sculptures continue to have on them.

Donald Brown has and continues to take the art of sculpture to a whole level and is without doubt one of (if not) the hottest rising sculptor on the planet


maust49
maust49

Male, 58, Aberdeen, NC

Posted May 11, 2010


I have all his music one of the best.


CAPONE1925
CAPONE1925

Male, 45, Miami, FL

Posted March 09, 2010


Please keep up the good work! I have been a fan since I was in college when I first heard "Too High" on passenger 57! You play has inspired me to learn to play the acoustic and electric guitars! Bless you my brother!


SoulSista78
SoulSista78

Female, Age Private, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Posted January 29, 2010


Hello Mr. Norman Brown, I Love Your Music and Your Talent is One In A Million,absolutely outstanding. Much Love and God Bless.

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babygirl2735
babygirl2735

Female, 56, Houston, TX

Posted January 04, 2010


I can see myself driving down the 101 with the top down and my hair blowing in the wind that's what your music does for me it takse me away.


BAHATI
BAHATI

Female, 53, Washington, DC

Posted January 02, 2010


Fabulous. I just love your page. Welcome to BP!
#1 fan in the D/M/V -Shawndra


Euphoricspy
Euphoricspy

Female, 56, Kansas City, KS

Posted November 30, 2009


Ohhh, is this really your website. I love your music! I'm so glad you are on BP.


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Male, Age Private, Trumann, AR

Posted June 15, 2009


music excellence, really wish you could have performed with my late "homeboy" bassist wayman tisdale. kansas city, ks cousin kim hill and your classmate introduced me to your music at a 2007-8 concert at the Gem Theatre. Love your GROOVE!


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