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Larry Brown Jr. has been paving his way to success as a musician, performer, educator, and philanthropist. A native of Venice, Illinois, he’s been plucking guitar strings since the age of 5. His debut album “There Can Only Be One” was released Labor Day, 2011. Composing music that is fresh, innovative and captures the hearts of all music lovers, Brown’s mission is to present world-class performances that entertain and inspire.
Brown earned a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University in 2009. He has studied with jazz legends such as Pat Martino, Victor Goines, Bucky & John Pizzarelli. He’s played in many of the worlds greatest jazz festivals and venues including the St. Louis Jazz festival, JVC Jazz Festival New York, and South America’s Lima Jazz festival. He has performed with greats such as Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, and many others. He is also a 2009 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency finalist that performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Known for his musical versatility, Brown worked as guitar chair for the plays “Color Struck” and “High School Musical”. He’s recorded albums with Willerm Delisfort, Milton Suggs and the NIU Liberace Jazztet. As an educator, he founded the Black Church Music Piano Camp in 2010. This annual event, held in his hometown was created to educate and uplift young musicians through the exploration of gospel music.
As a Philanthropist, Brown is currently organizing a non-profit organization called “Music for the Heart” geared to raise awareness about heart disease in communities throughout the world. His ultimate goal is for Larry Brown Worldwide to become a global leader by effectuating change through the power of music.
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