Brian Browne

Brian Browne

 Ottawa, Ontario, CAN

Montreal born Brian Browne has long been regarded as one of the leading proponents of jazz piano in Canada. Browne’s distinctive, bluesy piano style swings with traces of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner and Bill Evans. His music is basically a romantic approach to traditional bebop.


Originally from Montreal, Browne moved as a teenager to Ottawa, where his musical career soon began. By the age of eighteen he was playing in local clubs and soon had his own CBC radio programme. He studied at the Berklee School of Music and later won a scholarship to study with Oscar Peterson in Toronto.

In 1969, CBC Television produced "The Jazz Piano", a special arts programme featuring a select group of jazz pianists: Errol Garner, Bill Evans, Marian McPartland, and Brian Browne. A Canadian jazz pianist extraordinaire, Brian Browne has a unique natural gift for music that is manifested through a highly individual sense of musical artistry - a gift which granted Browne a certain membership to the distinguished company featured in the programme.
Brian Browne has produced seven recordings that have come to be treasured by those who possess them. "The Letter", issued by Capital Recordings was a recognized hit. It featured the composition "Morning Noon and Night-time Too", for which Browne won the coveted BMI Composition of the Year award in 1974. With a musical career that spans over thirty years, he has gained a reputation as a true Canadian jazz legend. Recently, he returned to Canada from a 10 year stay in New York City where his current release "Live at Tramps" was recorded.
In 1986 he opened Zoe's Lounge in Ottawa's Chateau Laurier hotel and remained there for a year as musical director. He subsequently moved to New York City, where he spent several years actively in the music scene. With his return to Ottawa, long-time fans of Browne's soulful, swinging piano sound are once again delighted by his local appearances.
His music combines hard swinging, deep groovy blues and spacious, floating lyricism, organically and passionately developed and imbued with a vibrant life of it’s own.
Brian now divides his time between performing at festivals, concerts, restaurants, private functions and teaching.


Brian Browne’s recordings:

1. The Toronto Scene
2. Listen People
3. The Letter
4. Live at the Park Plaza
5. Beatles
6. Tramps
7. Blue Browne
8. Quiet Night
9. Odyssey
10. Brian Browne Christmas
11. Brian Browne Trio at the National Arts Centre…DVD/CD

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Set List

Repertoire consists normally of Standards, Blues and Originals
Sets are of varying length, differing for clubs or festivals, usually 45 minutes to one hour.