Ken Brown Quintet

We’re totally stoked to present the Barking Legs debut of Knoxville-based drummer, Ken Brown. We’ve featured the extraordinary piano playing of Ken’s brother, Keith, and their father is the great pianist, Donald Brown. Every indication is that Ken is every bit the equal of Keith on his chosen instrument. This show comes to us thanks to our association with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. The quintet will include saxophonists Jamel Mitchell and Will Boyd, Sam Adams on piano, and David Becher on bass.

“He’s a great player.” raves acclaimed bassist Essiet Okon Essiet.

Born into a musical family Kenneth’s household was filled with music led by his father. and later his brother Keith also a pianist. It was also during this same time period that Kenneth starting to gain exposure to all kinds of music which has always paid big dividends!

By the age of 4 Kenneth was already playing drums and within a couple more years was studying piano “to gain a harmonic foundation in the music”. With lots of practice and informal playing by the age of 14 Kenneth had established himself as a working musician and has since maintained a steady career within the genres of jazz, R&B, blues, funk, and rock with performances with David “Fathead” Newman, Curtis Fuller, Steve Nelson, Warren Wolf and Greg Tardy to name a few!

His performance background in those varied musical settings along with his musical influences of Prince, Elvin Jones, Stevie Wonder and Tony Williams to name a few has prepared Kenneth Brown and readied him to record 3 Down, his debut CD!

Kenneth has appeared on recordings with Ravi Coltrane, Wallace Roney, Kenny Garrett and Donald and Keith Brown to name a few!

It feels like you’re hearing Elvin, Max and Art Blakey when in fact you’ve heard composer arranger and drummer Kenneth Brown!

Here’s a live take on the title track from Ken’s debut CD