John Brown is a well established, GRAMMY-nominated bassist and is the Director of the Jazz Program at Duke University. He has performed all over the world with artists like Elvin Jones, each member of the Marsalis family, Nnenna Freelon, Rosemary Clooney, Nicholas Payton, Mark Whitfield and has performed regularly with the North Carolina Symphony since 1992. He recently performed in Hawaii for President & Mrs. Obama, and each of his recordings has reached the Top 40 on the national JazzWeek chart. The film "One Night in Kernersville" featuring John and his big band recording session has been screened at several festivals across the US, won awards, and is now airing on the Documentary Channel.
Now, John leads his own group of highly gifted professional musicians (3 of them are GRAMMY nominated) and they are available in MANY different configurations to suit your event. Any one of the musicians is available individually or in other group combinations. For example, the John Brown Quintet is an award winning concert performing jazz group made up of friends who have known each other for years and simply share a deep love for music. The debut recording of that group reached Number 8 on the national JazzWeek Chart!!
You might wish to hire the the John Brown Big Band, which is a 16-22 piece Jazz Orchestra (including a male and/or a female vocalist) comprised of the cream of the crop musicians of our area. This group also breaks down into the John Brown "little" Big Band, which is an 11 or 12-piece jazz group that is most desirable for that big band sound for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and private and corporate engagements.
And YES - all of the groups DO travel!
The group you choose will happily travel to perform for your event, and often like to do so when they can cultivate opportunities to go perform in schools and share jazz with students; as Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at Duke University, John is very interested in jazz performance and education.
When John's musicians get together, they form an exciting mix of talent and brotherhood encompassing the past, present and future of jazz. The combination of the diverse backgrounds of each band member, and the fire they bring to the music, makes this group the perfect setting for dynamic and creative ideas to flourish. They play with the right balance of high energy, intense swing, relaxed grooves and pensive and contemplative ballads - a balance they know well.
The group performs a wide range of jazz styles including the timeless classics of the Great American Songbook, original versions and new arrangements of traditional jazz standards, modern jazz pieces and original compositions of each band member. Collectively, the band members share decades of experience performing for all types of events all over the world. The members of the group have performed at some of the world's best known venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Jazz a Vienne (France) and other festivals in Italy, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Belgium and Japan. When at home, the group loves to perform, and likes to contribute to the festive nature of celebrations like parties, wedding receptions and mitzvahs.
The fresh and innovative approach to performance coupled with a foundation in the tradition put the spirited ensembles of the John Brown Entertainment Group on the cutting edge of jazz - don't miss them!
Children's Birthday Parties
Sweet 16 Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
All BluesMiles Davis
A Night in TunisiaDizzy Gillespie
It Had to Be YouFrank Sinatra
Someday My Prince Will Comeas played by Miles Davis
Take the Duke Ellington
A Sunday DriveJohn Brown
Quiet TimeJohn Brown
Time Will TellRay Codrington
A Whole Lotta LoveRay Codrington
Old SongGabe Evens
Fly Me to the Moonas performed by Frank Sinatra
Desmnd StreetBrian Miller
Since I Love YouBrian Miller
Hallelujah, I Love Her SoRay Charles
Our Love is Here to StayFrank Sinatra
Someone to Watch Over Meas performed by Ella Fitzgerald
Summertimeas performed by Ella Fitzgerald
The PreacherHorace Silver
In a Mellow ToneDuke Ellington
Georgia On My Mindas performed by Ray Charles
Mack the Knifeas performed by Ella Fitzgerald
Do Nothin 'til You Hear From MeBilly Strayhorn
Autumn Leavesas played by Miles Davis
On the Sunny Side of the Streetas played by Joshua Redman
Bye Bye Blackbirdas played by Miles Davis
MeditationAltonio Carlos Jobim
St. ThomasSonny Rollins
In A Sentimantal Mood Duke Ellington
They Can't Take That Away From Meas performed by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
The Days of Wine and Rosesas played by Ray Brown
My Little Suede ShoesCharlie Parker
The Night Has A Thousand EyesJohn Coltrane
But Not For Meas played by Ray Brown
It's Only A Paper Moonas performed by Natalie Cole
L-O-V-Eas performed by Natalie Cole
Shiny StockingsFrank Foster
As Time Goes ByFrank Sintra
Satin DollDuke Ellington
All of Meas performed by Tony Bennett
Lulu's Back in Townas performed by Mel Torme
. . . and MANY others! A complete list is available upon request. Thanks!
Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Cannonball Adderly, Ocsar Peterson, Jimmy Smith, Dexter Gordon, Mel Torme and Nancy Wilson are among the group's major influences.
Wedding in Fuquay Varina, NC on 06/02/2007
"John Brown and his group were an absolute pleasure to work with. They were very professional and unbelievably talented. As a musician myself, with numerous friends in attendance who were also musicians, we were all very impressed with the quality and caliber of the music and the ability of the group. They were incredible. I cannot stress enough that these guys are without a doubt, THE BEST jazz group I've heard at a wedding, and in general! Great! A++++. I would highly recommend them.
- Brian T.
Corporate Function in Durham, NC on 12/20/2005
"The John Brown Quintet was absolutely fabulous!! We had nearly 300 people at our event and I heard nothing but rave reviews. We will definitely work with John and his band again. "
- Tammy S.
Club Event in Asheville, NC on 06/12/2005
"The group is cohesive, talented, inspired. Many fine original compositions thrilled our audience. Each soloist was superb, and ensemble playing was tight and compelling. The standing ovation and insistence on an encore told the tale."
- Bo F.
Fundraiser in Zebulon, NC on 12/14/2006
- Meredith H.
Wedding in Durham, NC on 09/13/2008
"We were very happy with the music provided by the John Brown Entertainment Group - Great Band!"
In addition to Chapel Hill, John Brown Entertainment Group will also travel to Carrboro, Durham, Hillsborough, Swepsonville, Efland, Morrisville, Pittsboro, Burlington, Alamance, Cary, Mebane, Raleigh, Bahama, Altamahaw, Apex, Haw River, New Hill, Cedar Grove, Sedalia, Butner, Graham, Hurdle Mills, Moncure, Snow Camp, Rougemont, Holly Springs, Creedmoor, Greensboro, Timberlake, Prospect Hill
and many other locations in and around the Chapel Hill area.
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