Nathan began playing music at the age of five through the Suzuki cello program. Through grade school and middle school he also began to play the euphonium, tuba, and the string bass. Nathan eventually decided to focus on the string bass and his love for jazz music in college. He attended Michigan State University and studied jazz bass with world famous bassist Rodney Whitaker and classical bass with renowned bassist Jack Budrow (BA in jazz studies obtained 2009). Nathan attended graduate school at Northern Illinois University as a graduate assistant in jazz studies under the direction of Ronald Carter (MM obtained 2011). As part of his assistantship at Northern Illinois University, Nathan taught jazz appreciation/ history classes and directed small groups. After attending graduate school, Nathan taught as an adjunct at Highland Community College in Freeport IL while living and performing in Chicago.
Currently, Nathan lives in New York City where he performs as a free-lance musician and private instructor. Widely recognized as a rising jazz star, Nathan is one of the most in demand bassists on the New York jazz scene. His professional career includes performances with Bill Saxton, Frank Morgan, Dion Parson, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Sullivan Fortner, Paquito D’Rivera, Don Braden, Lewis Nash, Wycliffe Gordon, Derrick Gardner, Vincent Gardner, John Faddis, Louis Hayes, Carl Allen, Willie Pickens, Russell Gunn, Ron and Cecil Bridgewater, Fareed Haque, Randy Brecker, Brian Lynch, Pharez Whitted, Bobby Broom, Marquis Hill, Milton Suggs, Sol Yaged, and many others. Nathan has performed at such esteemed venues and festivals as Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the Queenstown Jazz Festival, and has toured across America, Canada, Asia, and Australasia.Outside of free-lance performing, Nathan is also a bandleader and music producer. His production company, Brownbass Music, released his debut album “Luminescent” (featuring Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson) in 2012.
Most recently Nathan is working with a NYC trio including Felix Lemerle on guitar and Peter Traunmueller on drums. The Nathan Brown Trio released their album "This Is The Moment" through through Gut String Records September 2017. Since the album's release, "This Is The Moment" debuted at #47 on JazzWeek Top 50 chart for jazz radio play October 9th 2017 and made it to #20 on the NACC Top 30 Jazz Chart for college radio play September 19th 2017. The album is currently in play on over 210 jazz radio programs world-wide including on Public Radio International's "Jazz After Hours" program. The trio's press and radio campaigns culminated in a successful 3-week album release tour throughout New Zealand and Australia, including performances at the prestigious Queenstown Jazz Festival, NZ (Oct. 18th through Nov. 7th 2017).
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