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Rich Brown


RICHARD ‘RICH’ BROWN (bass, guitar, percussion) was born to Jamaican parents in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1970. He lived in Ft. Lauderdale throughout his teenage years, later returning to Toronto where he still resides. He taught himself to play bass at the age of 17 by listening to artists such as Jaco Pastorius, Victor Bailey, Jimmy Haslip, and Alain Caron. Since then, he has continuously expanded his vocabulary by drawing upon influences outside the bass realm.

He was featured as a member of the Kenny Kirkwood Quartet, and performed in concert with that ensemble in the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Series on February 8, 1999.

Rich lead his own band, rinsethealgorithm, for a number of years. Their debut recording, Locutions, was released in 2008.

Rich has appeared on over fourty recordings in a broad range of musical styles including jazz, funk, latin, traditional Asian, and Arabic music. He has performed and recorded with Carol Welsman, Jane Siberry, Glenn Lewis,Andy Milne'sDapp Theory, Steve Coleman & 5 Elements, James "Blood" Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Andy Narrell and Bruce Cockburn. More recently, he as performed internationally with numerous artists including with Rudresh Mahanthappa and Donny McCaslin.

In 2012 and 2014, Rich was part of the faculty for the International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Brown released a solo bass recording, Between Heaviness & Here, featuring performances on electric and acoustic bass. The album was released in 2014 on ADDO Records and features mostly original compositions as well as pieces by Ennio Morricone and Little Dragon.