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Keith Brown

Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Piano
Phone: 541-346-3128
Office: 365 Frohnmayer Music Bldg

Keith L. Brown, an accomplished composer, educator, and pianist, has established himself as one of the most sought-after pianists in contemporary jazz. Since he began seriously playing at the age of 18, Brown has performed and recorded with a who’s-who of jazz luminaries.  He currently tours as the pianist for Grammy nominated and 2023 NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship winner saxophonist Kenny Garrett. His tours and performances with artist such as Stefon Harris, Jazzmeia Horn, George Coleman, Greg Tardy, Camille Thurman, Terreon Gully, Willie Jones III, Endea Owens, Charles Tolliver, Buster Williams, Lenny White, Steve Turre, John Clayton, and more have captivated audiences worldwide. Drawing on his roots in R&B, Funk, Classical, Jazz, and Hip-Hop, Brown's unique composition and piano style seamlessly integrates these influences. He possesses an exceptional understanding of the language of jazz piano masters and can effortlessly transition between hard swing, funk, and free styles, while also showcasing his own distinct voice. With his innovative approach to jazz piano and his ability to seamlessly blend different musical styles, Keith L. Brown is a true standout in the world of contemporary jazz.


  • Master of Music, 2011, Concentration in Jazz Studies, The University of Tennessee
  • Bachelor of Music, 2009, Concentration in Jazz Studies, The University of Tennessee


Keith Brown Trio African Ripples [Spacetime Records] *Received 4 starts from DownBeat Magazine)
The Journey [Spacetime Records]
Sweet and Lovely [Spacetime Records]

Discography as a Sideman

Where the Nubian’s Grow- Endea Owens (2022)
Sufficient Grace- Gregory Tardy (2022)
Aesthetic- Aaron Bazzell (2022)
Dear Love- Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force (2021)
Love The Color of Your Butterfly- Janinah Burnett (2021)
Ya’ll Don’t (Really) Care About Black Women- Melanie Charles (2021)
Love People- Kenneth Brown (2021)
Where We Are- Jazzmeia Horn (2020)
If Time Could Stand Still- Greg Tardy (2020)
Connect- Charles Tolliver (2020)
Canal Street Soundtrack- Keith Brown (Featured song F.R.C.) (2020)
The Rhythms Continue- T.K. Blue (2019)
Swingin' Back- Darryl Hall (2019)
2nd Chances- Kenneth Brown (2019)
Spirit Calls- Steve Slagle (2019)
3 Down- Kenneth Brown
Such Sweet Thunder- Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six w/ Gregory Tardy (2015)
Standards and More (Received 4 Stars in Downbeat Magazine)- Greg Tardy (2013)

Video Performances

The Keith Brown Trio, Live at Lucille's- PBS
Tiny Desk Concert with Kenny Garrett
Padova Jazz Festival (2022) w Kenny Garrett- Chasing the Wind
Live from Jazz St. Louis (2022) w Stefon Harris & Blackout
Live at Dizzy's Club w Endea Owens & The Cookout (2022) | JAZZ NIGHT IN AMERICA
Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center w Jazzmeia Horn | JAZZ NIGHT IN AMERICA - YouTube
SF Jazz w Jazzmeia Horn- When I Say