Ron Brown’s musical career has taken him through many styles of music. His first big break came when he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra under Mercer Ellington. From Ellington it was on to Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Anita Baker, and Whitney Houston, and more. In between these tours, there were countless sessions and television show performances with Stevie Wonder, Joe Sample, Aretha Franklin, and Al Jarreau.
After years of being a sideman, Ron embarked on a solo career. His debut cd, “From My Eyes Only” was produced by Grammy nominated guitarist Doc Powell, and released on Discovery Records in 1997. With a desire to take his career to the next level, Ron established his own record label, Mankind Records. With that, he produced the critically acclaimed CD, “Urban Dreams” by the Urban Jazz Network, which featured performances by Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Kenny Garrett, and Mulgrew Miller. This cd blended the sounds of Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, and Gospel.
The music of his In The Spirit project, released in 2001, truly showcases Ron’s artistry, as well as reflecting his soul, weaving seamlessly through traditional hymns with upbeat contemporary arrangements. “In The Spirit is a victory celebration of God’s power in my life, and I want to share that victory with all of God’s children”, says Ron.
Ron’s 2003 release, “Were You There”, continued his quest to uplift hearts and souls. This release featured performances by other great sidemen, such as keyboardists Todd Hunter and Todd Lynch, bassist Dwayne “Smitty” Smith, and drummer Land Richards.
In between his travels to Japan to further his ministry, Ron has been producing various projects for other artists, as well as his own solo releases; Never too far away from his “sideman” days, Ron Brown was asked to play in the horn section of Kirk Franklin’s band during Kirk’s performance on Late Night With Jay Leno, and in the show band for the CBS Tribute to Ray Charles, where he played along with such notables as Elton John and Al Green, and newcomers Usher, and Norah Jones.
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