Alan Brown is an established jazz keyboardist within New Zealand, from having led a highly successful jazz-funk band in the 90’s – Blue Train (1996 Jazz Album of the Year winner), through to becoming a core member of The Grand Central Band, and the Alan Brown Project, which performed regularly with singer Cherie Mathieson. He was a member of the Nathan Haines Dream band through 2010-14 and has been teaching at MAINZ (Music And Audio Institute of NZ) since 2002. Alan is also in demand as a session musician, having played on many albums by artists such as Nathan Haines, Whirimako Black, Caitlin Smith, Kevin Mark Trail, Hello Sailor, Guy Wishart.
Alan also studied and taught at the New Zealand School of Music at Massey University, Albany, where he graduated with a Master of Music in 2014. He has taught at both NZSM and the Auckland University Jazz department and has been external examiner for many recitals. He has also published two jazz piano teaching books.
Alan’s varied musical influences has spawned projects such as the Hammond Organ-based Alan Brown Trio, with two albums to their name; his own quartet which released ‘Between The Spaces’ in 2011 as well as his ambient solo album ‘Silent Observer’, released in 2015. Alan developed research alongside this project, which he presented at the Australasian Music & Psychology Society conference in Parramatta, 2015.
Alan is also half of the ambient/experimental duo Alargo, with Kingsley Melhuish. Their debut CD was recently released in 2017 to extremely positive reviews, and they have been recently featured on BBC Radio 3.