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. Nathan’s 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. 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. Currently Nathan is releasing a trio album through Gut String Records. Nathan Brown Trio "This Is The Moment" will be available to purchase online September 8th 2017.