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. He obtained a BA in Jazz Studies on string bass at Michigan State University under the direction of world famous bassist Rodney Whitaker. There he also studied classical bass with renowned bassist Jack Budrow. Nathan subsequently obtained a MM in Jazz studies on string bass as a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois University under the direction of Ronald Carter. As part of his assistantship at Northern Illinois University, Nathan taught jazz appreciation and history classes and directed small groups. After obtaining his MM Nathan taught as an adjunct bass instructor at Highland Community College in Freeport Illinois.
Currently living in New York City, Nathan is widely recognized as a rising star in jazz and is one of the most in demand bassists on the New York scene. His professional career includes performances with Joe Magnarelli, Philip Harper, Johnny O'Neal, 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, Bobby Broom, Marquis Hill, Milton Suggs, Sol Yaged, and many others. He has performed at esteemed venues and festivals including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the Queenstown Jazz Festival, and has performed on tours across America, Canada, Asia, and Australasia.
As a bandleader Nathan has recorded two albums. His current ensemble is a guitar, bass, drums trio featuring Felix Lemerle on guitar and Peter Traunmueller on drums. The Nathan Brown Trio released their album "This Is The Moment" through Gut String Records in September 2017. "This Is The Moment" debuted at #47 on JazzWeek Top 50 chart for jazz radio play and made it to #20 on the NACC Top 30 Jazz Chart for college radio play. The album is currently in play on over 210 jazz radio programs worldwide including on Public Radio International's "Jazz After Hours" program. His 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.
Outside of his performance career Nathan is also a music producer. He founded Brownbass Music LLC., a music production company specializing in booking, marketing, and promotion for jazz musicians and event entertainment. His clients include world-renown 7 and 6-string guitarist Ron Jackson and vocalist Lucia Jackson.
As a sideman:
- “Things To Come” – Milton Suggs (2010 – Skiptone Music)
- “Things Yet Unknown” – Shawn Bell Quintet (2011 – self produced)
- “Through Your Eyes” – The Paul Corn Jazz Collective (2015 – self produced)
- “Time Without Memory” – Jon Weiss (2016 – Blue Dragon Records)
- “Almost Like Being In Love” – Paul Vincentt With The Rick Bogart Trio (2016 – self produced)
- “Standards And Other Songs” – The Ron Jackson Trio (2018 – Roni Music) * yet to be released *
As a bandleader:
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