Sunday, March 26, 2017

Norman Brown Jazz Guitar Video

By Leon in Popular Jazz Guitarists - Video

For those of you interested in smooth jazz guitar, at the end of this post is a YouTube video of Norman Brown playing live at the 2007 All Star Smooth Jazz Cruise. I’ve seen Norman play live many times and he’s an amazing performer. His style is similar to George Benson but with less of the bebop tradition and more of the R & B flavor. In fact, he’s probably responsible for me learning jazz guitar in the first place. It was only after hearing him pull off licks like in the following audio clip that got me excited about the instrument and other jazz guitarists like George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, etc…

Many jazz musicians get stuck on this elitist “smooth jazz sucks” sort of trip. I think I fell into that for a while but then I realized that there are many smooth jazz musicians (Norman Brown, for example) who are just as masterful on their instruments as other jazz musicians. It’s just that they have a passion for more modern sounds, technology, and rhythms. I digress…

Anyway, as far as the All Star Smooth Jazz Cruise goes, the next one is January 2008. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be there. Apparently they have a jam session where you can bring your instruments and jam with all of these top musicians. Where else can you meet and jam with all of these musicians in one place?

Check out the video and let me know what you think!