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Philip Brown

Philip Brown, Professor Emeritus


Composer, jazz artist, and music educator, Philip Brown, is Professor Emeritus of Double Bass and Jazz Studies at Southern Illinois University.

His performance career has included occasional dates with first-line jazz artists, as well as full-time seasons with professional symphony orchestras. Based in southern Illinois, Brown is the bassist with the New Arts Jazztet (NAJ), and continues to be active as a free-lance musician. His writing efforts have produced nearly 50 original tunes for the NAJ, and he has released four recordings as leader featuring many of those compositions. In 2003, the Illinois Arts Council honored Brown for his work and commitment within the arts with an Artist Fellowship Award in music composition.

He completed his undergraduate studies in composition at Northwestern University, and his graduate work in music education at North Texas State University. Brown’s bass teachers have included Lawrence Hurst, Ringwalt Warner, Evan Tonsing, Warren Benfield, and Edward Rainbow. He studied composition with M. William Karlins, and with Luciano Berio. Brown is a native of Amarillo, Texas.

Philip Brown Office: Algeld 210
Phone: 618-453-5812

External links to Brown's recordings:

PHIL BROWN and the NEW ARTS JAZZTET (Dick Kelley, reeds; Bob Allison, trumpet/flugelhorn; Tim Pitchford, trombone; Mel Goot, piano; Phil Brown, bass; Ron Coulter, drums): Arkadia (2014)
PHIL BROWN and the NEW ARTS JAZZTET (Tyler Kuebler, reeds; Bob Allison, trumpet/flugelhorn; Mel Goot, piano; Phil Brown, bass; Ron Coulter, drums; Tom Hensold, percussion): Bright Side (2009)
PHIL BROWN and the NEW ARTS JAZZ QUARTET (Bob Allison, trumpet/flugelhorn; Mel Goot, piano/vibes/organ; Phil Brown, bass; Tom Hensold, drums; with guest artist, Buddy Rogers, reeds) and FOURONSIX (Steve Jacobson, guitar, and Phil Brown, bass; with guest artist, Wayne Goodwin, drums/percussion): Darkness Into Light (2006)
PHIL BROWN QUARTET (Fareed Haque, guitars; Bradley Williams, piano; Phil Brown, bass; Tom Hipskind, drums): Hope Street Saunter (2003)
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