Dr. Anthony Brown

GRAMMY-nominated recording artist, composer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist, Guggenheim and Ford Fellow, and Smithsonian Associate Scholar

Composer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist, Guggenheim and Ford Fellow, Smithsonian Associate Scholar, and GRAMMY nominee Dr. Anthony Brown has collaborated with Max Roach, Cecil Taylor, Zakir Hussain, Pharoah Sanders, Steve Lacy, David Murray, Anthony Davis and the San Francisco Symphony. Dr. Brown holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in music (ethnomusicology) from UC Berkeley, and a Master of Music degree in jazz performance from Rutgers University. He Received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in Music from the University of Oregon in 2017.  Dr. Brown has served as a Visiting Professor of Music at UC Berkeley, an adviser and consultant for The Exploratorium, and previously was Curator of American Musical Culture and Founding Director of the Jazz Oral History Program at the Smithsonian Institution. He is currently Artistic Director of Fifth Stream Music, and the internationally acclaimed Asian American Orchestra. He has contributed chapters to “John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest For Freedom” (Oxford U. Press), “The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington” (Cambridge U. Press), and his book, “GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME! The Development of Modern Jazz Drumming” is forthcoming on California Jazz Conservatory Press.