Chicago, Illinois native Maurice Brown is one of the most important musicians to look out for during this decade. The trumpeter/composer/producer has made waves in the record industry and he’s barely 30 years old.
While in middle school he developed the love the the trumpet and advanced as a student musician while in high school. Before he graduated, he played with the legendary Ramsey Lewis. While attending college he won the National Miles Davis Trumpet Competition. It was while attending Southern University, Brown had the honor of playing and studying the late Alvin Batiste. Upon graduation, instead of moving to the Big Apple to cut his teeth as a professional musician, he moved to New Orleans.Maurice played every Thursday night at the famed Sung Harbor, one the Crescent city’s premier jazz clubs.
It was after hurricane Katrina where Brown was forced to leave New Orleans and come to New York. In addition to being a leader in his own right, since his move, he’s backed icons in business like Aretha Franklin, The Roots, De La Soul, Wyclef Jean, and Talib Kweli. Brown was the band director for Irish soul singer Laura Izibor for her first major tour. He’s also produced tenor saxophonist Chelsea Baratz’s debut disc.
His second CD “The Cycle of Love” is this year’s runaway hit. Released on his own Brown Records imprint, this disc speaks volumes of Maurice’s growth as a bandleader and composer. To order his latest disc or to find out his upcoming tour dates, please visit him on the web at mauricebrown.net