Kathy Brown, outstanding Jamaican pianist, jazz instrumentalist and medical doctor, routinely captivates audiences with pleasing jazz arrangements and delightful piano riffs. She has performed extensively locally and internationally both as solo pianist/keyboard player and with her band formed in 2002, Kathy Brown and Friends, over the past 10 years. The multi-talented Dr. Brown was nominated in 2008 for the Jamaica Music Award for her debut CD, Mission: A Musical Journey, released in 2007.
Playing from the age of 5, she was initially self-taught in reading and playing ‘by ear’. She studied classical piano and later jazz piano after completing her medical degree in Jamaica. More recently she has expanded her jazz repertoire learning from USA jazz pianists Barry Harris, Kenny Barron and Joanne Brackeen.
She plays a wide variety of musical genres including contemporary Jazz, Latin, African, Reggae, Mento, Pop/R&B and alternative styles, and has performed repeatedly at many Jamaican jazz series such as: Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival (2004-2007,2009,2010); Ocho Rios Jazz Festival (2005,2007-2010); Pegasus Jazz in the Gardens (2003-2010); Jazz on the Green (2004-2008); Emancipation Park Concerts (2003-2007); as well as opening for international artists such as Roy Ayres and John Secada. Kathy Brown and Friends first performed on the Two Seasons stage at Treasure Beach Jazz Escape 2010. They return to Two Seasons on Saturday, June 18 as the band on stage for the second half of Treasure Beach Jazz Escape 2011, presenting their own brand of Caribbean contemporary and standard jazz, and backing Karen Smith and Ginetta’s Vendetta.
Kathy Brown is the toast of many special events such as weddings, banquets, and corporate functions, and has performed for Prince Charles and entourage during His Royal Highness’ visit to Jamaica in 2008.
Countries in which she has performed internationally include U.S.A. (2006,2008-2011), Antigua (2008), Suriname (2008 ‘Rhythm and Soul of My Piano’ Concert),
Canada (2007 Harbourfront Centre Island Soul Festival), Grand Cayman (2009 Caribbean Jazz on the Green), Austria (2008 Jamaica Day in Graz, Austria), Germany (2010) and England (2010).
Photo by www.treasurebeach.net taken at Treasure Beach Jazz Escape 2010 at Two Seasons Guest House.