Norman Brown (guitarist)

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Norman Brown
Born (1970-12-18) December 18, 1970 (age 47)
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres Smooth jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, singer
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts

Norman Brown (born December 18, 1970) is an American smooth jazz guitarist and singer.


Brown was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1970 and grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. When he was eight years old, he was attracted to his brother's acoustic guitar. He was inspired by Jimi Hendrix and the Isley Brothers. Then when he heard Wes Montgomery, he began to play jazz. He attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. After graduating in 1984, he joined the staff and was an instructor until 1998. In 1991 he signed with Mo Jazz, a division of Motown.[1]

In 1992 he released his debut album, Just Between Us. Collaborators included Boyz II Men, Stevie Wonder and Kenneth H. Williams. A portion of the album was produced by Norman Connors, a jazz drummer and producer who discovered Brown. In 1994 Brown released the album After the Storm, which gained critical success and was awarded best jazz album of the year by Soul Train Music Awards. It also won a Gavin Radio Award by remaining on the charts for over two years. He followed this album with the 1996 release Better Days Ahead, which earned him a broader audience and earned the American Jazz Award. In 1999, he returned from a three hiatus and signed with Warner Brothers releasing Celebration, which was produced by Brown, Paul Brown, Herman Jackson.

In 2002, he formed BWB with saxophonist Kirk Whalum and trumpeter Rick Braun, and they released Groovin' supported by a successful U.S. tour. In addition, Brown recorded "Just Chillin" which won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for Best Pop Instrumental. with his producer Paul Brown.

During the summer of 2007, Brown had a No. 1 smooth jazz radio hit, "Let's Take a Ride", from the album Stay with Me, according to Radio and Records magazine. In 2008, the Verve Music Group re-released Just Between Us as part of its "Verve Originals" series. Brown's music can be heard during The Weather Channel's Local on the 8s segments. His song "Lydian" is included in their 2008 compilation release, The Weather Channel Presents: Smooth Jazz II.

In 2011, Brown collobrated with Gerald Albright to record and released "24/7" which had a number one single "In The Moment" and earned him Grammy nomination.


List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


US R&B[3] US Jazz[4]
Just Between Us 51
After the Storm
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Mo Jazz
140 21 2
Better Days Ahead
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Mo Jazz
162 31 2
Celebration 50 4
Just Chillin'
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Warner Bros.
198 50 3
West Coast Coolin'
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Warner Bros.
160 24 5
Stay with Me
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Peak
107 11 1
Sending My Love
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Peak

(with Gerald Albright)

Let It Go 1
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

as BWB

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


US Jazz


US Heat


Groovin' 6 9
Human Nature: The Songs of Michael Jackson 184 4 5
BWB 4 13
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

See also


  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Norman Brown". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Norman Brown Chart History". Billboard 200. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Norman Brown Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Norman Brown Chart History". Jazz Albums. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "Norman Brown Chart History". Heatseekers Albums. Retrieved September 10, 2018.

External links

  • Official Website
  • Norman Brown at Discogs
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