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August 19, 1955 (age 68) Chateauroux, France (

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Dean Brown (born August 19, 1955) is an American jazz fusion guitarist and session musician.


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Dean Brown graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1977. During that time in Boston he performed with his own groups as well as Tiger's Baku, replacing Mike Stern in that group before moving to New York around 1980 and joining Billy Cobham's band.

Since 1982 Brown has recorded and/or toured worldwide with his own projects as well as artists Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Eric Clapton, Billy Cobham, The Brecker Brothers, Roberta Flack, Bob James, Joe Zawinul, George Duke, Victor Bailey, Bill Evans, snd Steve Smith's Vital Information.

As a solo artist, Brown has produced five solo CDs with his fifth solo CD "Rolajafufu" just being released in Spring 2016. His first titled "Here" (2001) on ESC Records, is his all-star debut CD featuring jazz greats Michael Brecker, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Billy Cobham, George Duke, Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, Don Alias, Bill Evans, Bernard Wright and many others. His second record "Groove Warrior" (2004) on ESC Records, features another all-star lineup with Lalah Hathaway, Marcus Miller, Bernard Wright, JuJu House, Poogie Bell, Schuyler Deale, Booker King, and Patches Stewart, just to name a few. His third "DBIII" (2009) on the BHM label features an all-star power trio with musical greats Dennis Chambers and Will Lee. His fourth CD "Unfinished Business"(2012) featuring yet another all-star cast of musicians with Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Kirk Whalum, Dennis Chambers, Jimmy Earl, Gerry Etkins and Hadrien Feraud among others.

Brown's studio guitar work can be heard on over 100 albums, including four Grammy Award winners. Records such as the Brecker Brothers' Return of the Brecker Brothers and Out of the Loop, Marcus Miller's The Sun Don't Lie, Billy Cobham's Warning, and Joe Zawinul's Faces and Places are just a few out of the long list. His live performances include DVDs with Marcus Miller, Billy Cobham, Gil Evans, David Sanborn, Louie Bellson, Bob James, and Steve Smith's Vital Information. Brown's compositions and arrangements are featured on albums by Les McCann, Dennis Chambers, Ricky Peterson, Steve Smith's Vital Information, and Billy Cobham.

As an educator and clinician Dean conducts master classes at schools and venues at home and abroad and teaches several classes of his own curriculum at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California since 2006. Dean has also released an instructional/live DVD with publishing giant Hal Leonard for Musicians Institute titled "Modern Techniques for the Electric Guitarist"(2008) and has had several featured instructional articles in Guitar Player Magazine (US), Guitar World (US), Gittare and Bass (G), Bass Player, Jazz Life (Jp), Big Box (I), Muzikus (Cz), Guitarist (Fr) and 20th Century Guitar magazines (US). Dean and Runfly Studios have developed and released a popular ear training iPhone/iPad app called 'Pickup Tunes' based on his teaching techniques.


  • 1982 Billy Cobham Smokin' Live at Montreux ("Some Other Kind" written by Dean Brown)
  • 1982 Billy Cobham– Observations + ("M.S.R." written by Dean Brown)
  • 1982 Tiger Okoshi Mudd Cake
  • 1983 Steve Smith Vital Information
  • 1984 Steve Smith Orion ("The Strut" written by Dean Brown)
  • 1985 Billy Cobham Warning
  • 1986 Billy Cobham Power Play
  • 1987 Lee Venters 388 Marlborough Street ("Noah's Ark" written by Dean Brown)
  • 1987 Steve Smith Global Beat ("One Flight Up" co written by Dean Brown)
  • 1987 Steve Smith Part I and II DVD
  • 1988 Al Corley The Big Picture
  • 1988 Bob James Ivory Coast
  • 1988 Kirk Whalum And You Know That
  • 1988 Rob Prester Trillium
  • 1988 Roland Vasquez The Tides of Time
  • 1989 Kirk Whalum The Promise
  • 1990 Bob James Grand Piano Canyon
  • 1990 Various Artists GRP Digital Sampler, Vol. 2
  • 1991 Various Artists Beyond the Groove: Contemporary Jazz on The Move
  • 1992 Takeshi T.K. Ito Visions
  • 1992 The Brecker Brothers Return of the Brecker Brothers
  • 1992 Steps Ahead Yin Yang
  • 1993 Gary Rosen Tot Rock
  • 1993 Marcus Miller The Sun Don't Lie
  • 1993 The Mann Brothers Mann to Mann
  • 1993 Color Me Badd Time and Chance
  • 1993 Kirk Whalum Cache
  • 1994 Bob James Restless
  • 1994 David Sanborn Hearsay
  • 1994 Jason Miles World Tour
  • 1994 Marcus Miller Tales
  • 1994 The Brecker Brothers Out of the Loop
  • 1995 Lenny White Present Tense
  • 1995 Various Artists Blue Suede Sneakers
  • 1995 Various Artists People
  • 1996 Bernard Purdie's Soul to Jazz
  • 1996 David Sanborn Songs from the Night Before
  • 1996 Jason Miles Mr. X
  • 1996 Tom Coster From the Street
  • 1996 Various Artists JVC XRCD Sampler
  • 1996 Lenny White Renderers of Spirit
  • 1997 Various Artists Hot Jazz Biscuits
  • 1997 Various Artists NBA at 50: A Musical Celebration
  • 1997 Eddie Harris The Last Concert
  • 1997 John Favicchia World Time
  • 1997 Roberta Flack The Christmas Album
  • 1997 Till Bronner Midnight
  • 1997 Weldon Irvine Spoken Melodies
  • 1998 Various Artists Hot Jazz Biscuits
  • 1998 Walkaway Night Life (Headless Horseman, Beatin' Silver, written by Dean Brown)
  • 1999 Bill Evans Touch
  • 1999 David Sanborn Inside (Grammy Best Contemporary Jazz Performance)
  • 1999 Ricky Peterson Souvenir (Ignorance is Bliss co written by Dean Brown)
  • 1999 Billy Cobham By Design
  • 1999 Brecker Brothers Priceless Jazz
  • 1999 Marcus Miller Live and More
  • 1999 Master Vel The Price of Freedom
  • 1999 Nelson Rangell Always
  • 2000 Jason Miles/Various Artists A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins
  • 2000 Jason Miles/Various Artists Celebrating the Music of Weather Report
  • 2000 Bikithi Kumalo "In Front of My Eyes"
  • 2000 Joe Piket Nine Times Framed
  • 2001 David Mann "Touch"
  • 2001 Dean Brown Here
  • 2001 Jason Miles/Various Artists To Grover With Love
  • 2001 Various Artists Telarc Sampler
  • 2001 Bill Evans "Soul Insider"
  • 2001 Bob James Restoration: The Best of Bob James
  • 2001 David Sanborn "David Sanborn and Friends" DVD
  • 2001 John Favicchia Dharma ("The Gauntlet" written by Dean Brown)
  • 2001 Randy Brecker Hangin' in the City
  • 2001 Victor Bailey That's Right
  • 2002 Walkaway Double Walk
  • 2002 Dennis Chambers Outbreak (Plan B co written by Dean Brown)
  • 2002 Gato Barbieri Shadow of the Cat
  • 2002 Gil Evans Gil Evans and His Orchestra DVD
  • 2002 Joe Zawinul Faces and Places
  • 2002 Kirk Whalum Best of Kirk Whalum
  • 2002 Les McCann Pump It Up ("Buckshot & LeFonque", "Funk It" co written by Dean Brown)
  • 2003 Marcus Miller Ozell Tapes
  • 2003 Various Artists Living Theater, Vol. 3
  • 2003 Bernard Maseli The Globetrotters: Fairytales of the Trees
  • 2003 Cassandra Reed Cassandra Reed
  • 2003 Eric Marienthal Sweet Talk
  • 2003 Freddie Cole In the Name of Love
  • 2003 Louie Bellson Louie Bellson and His Big Band DVD
  • 2003 Roberta Flack Holiday
  • 2004 Dean Brown Groove Warrior
  • 2004 Maximum Grooves Coast to Coast ("You Da Mann", "Attitude", "Karma Kanic" co written by Dean Brown)
  • 2004 Various Artists Undercover [Hip Bop]
  • 2005 Jason Miles Miles to Miles: In the Spirit of Miles Davis
  • 2005 Marcus Miller Silver Rain
  • 2005 Various Artists As One Tsunami Relief ("Gemini" written by Dean Brown)
  • 2006 Various Artists Funk Academy
  • 2006 Alex Fox Influences
  • 2006 Bradley Leighton with Jason Miles Bradley Leighton with Jason Miles
  • 2006 Dennis Chambers Planet Earth ("Camel Hump" written by Dean Brown)
  • 2006 Jason Miles What's Going On: The Music of Marvin Gaye
  • 2006 Marcus Miller Master Of All Trades DVD
  • 2006 Mauri Sanchez Good Vibes
  • 2006 Poogie Bell Get On the Kit
  • 2007 Billy Cobham/Louie Bellson Cobham Meets Bellson DVD
  • 2007 Keith Anderson & Full of Soul Let's Roll
  • 2007 Various Artists Funky Planet Earth
  • 2007 Steve Adelson Adventures in Stickology
  • 2008 Billy Cobham Fruit from the Loom
  • 2008 Dean Brown Modern Techniques for the Electric Guitarist DVD
  • 2008 Razl Rotonova
  • 2009 Cheikh Ndoye A Child's Tale
  • 2009 Dean Brown DBIII
  • 2009 Mauri Sanchis Groove Words (produced by Mauri Sanchis and Dean Brown)
  • 2009 Michael Schmidt Destination
  • 2012 Dean Brown Unfinished Business
  • 2012 Roberta Flack Let It Be Roberta
  • 2013 Global Noize Sly reimagined
  • 2013 Randy Brecker The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion
  • 2013 The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine It's About Time
  • 2016 Dean Brown Rolajafufu
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