Jeff BrownEducator. Clinician. Musician. Guest Artist.

Jeff Brown is available as a Clinician and/or Guest Artist. His varied experience with all age levels makes him an excellent selection for your upcoming Concert or Festival Program!

Actively involved as an educator for over thirty years, Jeff Brown has participated in Artist in Residencies through the National Endowment for the Arts, Indiana Arts Commission, Illinois Arts Council and National Endowment for the Humanities.

He has taught extensively for all age levels (K - 12 through post graduate). He is a past clinician/teacher for both the Pearl Drum Company and Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops. Brown has been on the faculty of New Trier High School, Triton College, South Suburban College and is presently the Jazz Studies Coordinator and Percussion Instructor at Valparaiso University.

At Valparaiso University, he is also a founding member of the Faculty Jazz Trio. The trio is one of the longest affiliated collegiate chamber jazz ensembles in the world. They have performed with James Moody, Art Farmer, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Randy Brecken, Frank Foster, Johnny Frigo, Houston Person & Etta Jones, Bunky Green, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Jon Faddis, Ernie Watts, Red Rodney, Henry Johnson, Clark Terry, Chris Vodala, Lew Tabackin, Richie Cole, George Coleman, Eddie Henderson, Fareed Haque, Tom Malone, Bruce Bolen, Howard Roberts, Christine Jensen, Ingrid Jensen, Claire Daly, Billy Pierce, Curtis Fuller, Jerry Bergonzi, Bobby Watson, John Fedchock, Don Braden, Terrell Stafford, Steve Torre and Bobby Shew. They have recorded two CDs, "For the Moment" and "Journey."


Jeff Brown studied at DePaul University, American Conservatory of Music, Valparaiso University, and post-graduate work at the Eastman School of Music. He was a percussion student of the legendary Roy C. Knapp for three years.

Other instructors in percussion and jazz have included: Bob Tilles, Harvey Lang, Rayburn Wright, Keith Copeland, James Dutton, Mike Green, Jack Mouse, Allen Otte, Jamey Aebersold, David Baker, Ed Soph, Adam Nussbaum and Ramon Ricker.

Local Activities

Jeff Brown maintains an active schedule of clinics and guest appearances throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Topics and activities change with each request. Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Interpretation and Analysis, Jazz and Percussion Applied Performance, Large and Small Jazz Ensemble Direction, Jazz Festival Production and Marketing are merely a few of the possible options.

A partial list of Guest Artist appearances would include: Marshall University, University of Indianapolis, Purdue University, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Southwestern Michigan Symphony Orchestra. As a professional musician he has played drum set and/or percussion for Bob Hope, Engelbert Humperdink, Carol Lawrence, Robert Goulet, Shields and Yarnell, and Aretha Franklin as well as other Las Vegas style shows. He continues to play both drumset and percussion for some of Chicagoland's leading musicians and contractors.

Brown is a founding producer of the Valparaiso University Jazz Festival which will celebrate its 33rd season in April, 2018. The VU Jazz Fest has become one of the largest non-competitive jazz festivals in the United States. The unique blend of Middle School and High School performances with Collegiate and Professional performances sets it apart from other festivals worldwide!

Professional Memberships

American Federation of Musicians, AFL - CIO
Percussive Arts Society
Jazz Educators Network


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