Keith L. Brown is a pianist, composer, arranger and educator. Born in Memphis and raised in Knoxville, TN, Keith began playing piano and bass at an early age. Raised in a musical family, both Keith's parents played music and many of his aunts and uncles are exceptionally musically talented as well. His father Donald Brown is a world renowned jazz pianist/composer having performed with many greats and his mother Dorothy is a pianist also and plays various woodwind instruments. Keith first learned to play songs of R&B artists like Stevie Wonder by ear and then started classical piano lessons at 8yrs old. His father helped nurture Keith’s musical ambitions by teaching him how to play his original compositions and jazz standards. Keith and his brothers, Kenneth (drums) and Donald Jr., were deep into hip-hop and rap music growing up. Keith began to study jazz seriously after he graduated high school. It was at this time that he really began to be influenced by other great Memphis pianists such as Phineas Newborn Jr., James Williams, and Mulgrew Miller. By age 18, Keith was playing piano and bass around Knoxville in a variety of jazz, r&b, funk, and country bands. Later Keith would go on to earn his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2009 and completed his Masters of Music Degree in May 2011. Currently Keith resides in NY where he continues to be in demand making a name for himself as a pianist and composer both nationally and internationally.
Since he began playing jazz, at the age of 18, Keith has been fortunate to perform and record with some amazing musicians both as a leader and a sideman. Keith has shared the stage with great jazz artists such as Jazzmeia Horn, Camille Thurman, Dezron Douglas, Sherman Irby, Steve Stagle, Kenneth Whalum III, David Weiss, Mike Clark, Terreon Gully, Bill Saxton, Joe Farnsworth, Greg Tardy, John Clayton, Benny Golson, and Bobby Watson to name a few. Keith continues to draw inspiration from his roots in R&B, Funk, Classical, Jazz and Hip-Hop and constantly explores new ways of integrating these influences. "I always try to write and perform in a way that is intellectual but that has a strong sense of melody or groove that can touch those who are open enough to listen."