Keith L. Brown is a pianist, composer, bassist and educator. This son of three-time Grammy nominated jazz pianist/composer Donald Brown was born in Memphis, TN and raised in Knoxville, TN. 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. Keith earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2009 and completed his Masters of Music Degree in May 2011. In 2010, Keith was invited to Meudon, France to record his debut jazz CD entitled “Sweet and Lovely” on the Space Time Records label. CD personnel included Essiet Essiet, Marcus Gilmore, Stephane Belmondo, and Baptiste Herbin. His CD was released world-wide on April 15th, 2011 to rave reviews.
Keith L. Brown began playing piano and bass at an early age. Born into 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 is a world renowned jazz pianist 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. Donald Brown nurtured Keith’s musical ambitions by teaching him how to play his original compositions and jazz standards. Keith was also influenced by artists such as Phineas Newborn Jr., James Williams, and Mulgrew Miller. Keith and his brothers, Kenneth (drums) and Donald Brown Jr., were deep into hip-hop and rap music growing up. Keith began to study jazz seriously after he graduated high school. By age 18, Keith was playing piano and bass around Knoxville in a variety of jazz, r&b, funk, and country bands.
Since he began playing jazz, at the age of 18, Keith has been fortunate to perform and record with some amazing musicians. Keith has shared the stage with great jazz artist such as Ben Williams, Antonio Hart, Jazzmeia Horn, Camille Thurmon, Dezron Douglas, Philip Harper, Marcus Gilmore, Kenneth Whalum III, David Wiess, Mike Clark, Bill Saxton, Gerald Cannon, Jeff Coffin, Essiet Essiet, Bill Mobley and his String Orchestra, Billy Pierce, Greg Tardy, Terreon Gully, Warren Wolf, Benny Golson, and Russell Gunn. Keith has also toured with such greats as Bobby Watson, Ray Drummond, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith. Keith continues to draw inspiration from his roots in R&B, Funk, Classic, 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." Keith recently completed a new recording project released on August 29, 2015 on the Space Time Record Label. The album features mostly original compositions by Keith and features saxophonist Greg Tardy on tenor, Kenneth Whalum III on tenor and soprano saxophones, Clint Mullican on bass, Jamel Mitchell on tenor saxophone, Mike Seal on guitar, and Grammy Award Winning drummer Terreon "Tank" Gully who also serves as the producer.