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Anthony Brown: Curriculum Vitae

  •  Background
  •  Education
  •  Experience
  •  Selected Publications
  •  Selected Filmography
  •  Selected Papers
  •  Selected Discography
  •  Selected Awards/Funding
  •  Selected Affiliations


  •  Born in San Francisco, March 17, 1953
  •  Raised in California, Japan, and Germany

photo: Andy Nozaka


1997 Ph.D. in Music (Ethnomusicology), University of California, Berkeley
1989 Master of Arts in Music (Ethnomusicology), University of California, Berkeley
1987 Master of Music (Jazz Performance), Rutgers University
Fellowships, Scholarships & Awards

University of California Humanities Institute Fellowship (1992), Institute of Jazz Studies Award (1992), UC American Cultures Fellowship (1991), Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship (1987-90), Smithsonian Institution Research Fellowships (1988, 1989)

1975 Bachelors of Science in Music and Psychology, University of Oregon

Four-Year Army ROTC Scholarship, Distinguished Military Graduate, Parachutist, Commissioned Lieutenant, US Army


   Employment | Selected Performances | Selected Commissioned Compositions | Selected Panels

2006-present Artistic Director, Fifth Stream Music, Inc.
1998-present Director, Asian American Orchestra
1999-present Smithsonian Associate Scholar
1998, 2002 Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, UC Berkeley
Intercultural Approaches to Jazz Performance (theory and practicum)
Jazz Styles After 1950 (graduate seminar, 1998)
1997-1998 Project Director, Big Bands Behind Barbed Wire
1992-1996 Curator of American Musical Culture
Director, Jazz Oral History Program, Smithsonian Institution
1990-1991 Graduate Instructor/Lecturer, UC Berkeley
Music in American Culture (1991)
Introduction to Music (1991)
African American Music (1990)
1986-1987 Archivist, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University
1985-1987 Graduate Instructor/Lecturer/Accompanist, Rutgers University
1981-1985 Consultant/Instructor, Exploratorium, San Francisco
Percussion Instructor, New College of California
1979-1985 US Army Captain (Honorable Discharge, Army Commendation Medal)
Intelligence Staff Officer (Reserve, 1981-85, Presidio, San Francisco)
Commander, US Army Chorus, Europe (1978-80, Heidelberg, Germany)
1975-1978 US Army Lieutenant, NATO Liaison Officer (1976-77, Athens, Greece)
1972-1975 Audio-Visual Technician, University of Oregon (work study)

Selected Performances
2008 Performed at the Manchester Craftmen's Guild, Pittsburgh, PA; Trading Traditions, Oakland Museum, CA; Tenth Anniversary Celebration, Yoshi's San Francisco
2007 Performed at the Pan-Asian Music Festival, Stanford University; Art Blakey Tribute concert, Smithsonian Institution; premiered Cross Currents w/Dimensions Dance Theater, SF International Arts Festival
2006 Premiered Stories From Oakland Chinatown w/William Wong, Oakland Asian Cultural Center
2005 Never Again! performed at the Peace Plaza, SF, Hiroshima commemoration
2004 American Rhapsodies premiered at San Francisco's Stern Grove Festival
2003 Performed Far East Suite at the Smithsonian Institution
2001 Performed on NPR's Talk of the Nation, live broadcast from San Francisco
1999 Far East Suite performed at the Chicago and Monterey Jazz Festivals
1998 Debut of the Asian American Jazz Orchestra, Center for the Arts, San Francisco
1997 Premiered Traditions in Transformation, Japan America Theatre, L.A.
1996 Premiered E.O. 9066 (Truth be Told), Asia Society, New York City;
performed with Zakir Hussain, San Francisco Jazz Festival
1995 Premiered Never Again! with San Jose Taiko and Janice Mirikitani;
performed with the Cecil Taylor Orchestra, San Francisco Jazz Festival
1993-1995 Performed with the Smithsonian Jazz Trio, and with David Murray
1990-1992 Toured music/poetry collaborations with Sonia Sanchez, Max Roach
1990-1991 International tours with the Pan-Asian Arkestra/Kulintang Arts
1987-1989 Performed with Billy Taylor, Julius Hemphill, John Handy, and Sirone
1986 Summer residency in Vienna to perform during the "Wiener Fest Wochen";
A NEA national tour with jazz quartet United Front
1985 Performed in the premiere of Anthony Davis' opera, X -- The Life and Times of Malcolm X, American Music Theater Festival, Philadelphia
1984 Appeared as guest artist with the San Francisco Symphony in performance of Anthony Davis' piano concerto, Wayang V
1982 Appearances at Montreux and Berlin International Music Festivals
1978  Performed in Europe with the James Newton-John Carter Quartet
1976-1977 House drummer at Jazz Club Athens (Athens, Greece)
1971-1975 Performed in West Coast touring productions of Bernstein's Mass, and Brecht's Three Penny Opera; performed with the University of Oregon Symphony, Jazz Big Band, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Choir, and Gospel Choir

Selected Commissioned Compositions
2008 Witness to Hiroshima, documentary soundtrack
2007 After The War, American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), SF; Cross Currents, Creative Work Fund, SF
2006 Stories From Oakland Chinatown, Oakland Asian Cultural Center
2003 American Rhapsodies, Guggenheim Fellowship
2002 The Legacy Codes, TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, CA
2001 Bread and Bowie (For Lester), Jazz In Flight, Oakland, CA
1996 Traditions in Transformation/E.O.9066, Rockefeller Foundation
1995 Never Again! (Mo, Shimasen), Asian Heritage Council
1993 Kazoku (Family), Asian Improv aRts 'Commemorations' Festival
1991 Nikoku Suite, Asian American Jazz Festival 10th Anniversary
1988 East/West Jazz Projekt, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Berlin
1983 Incantation Suite, San Francisco Chamber Music Society

Selected Panels
1999-2007 National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Grant Program
2006 NEA Learning Through the Arts Music panel
1998 National Endowment for the Arts, Arts International Music Programs
1997 British Council's "Reinventing Britain" International Delegation
1996 Meet the Composer Commissioning Program
1995 25th Congressional Black Caucus Annual Jazz Issues Forum
1994 Strategic Planning Committee, National Museum of American History
1991 National Endowment for the Arts /USIA Music Programs


Forthcoming "John Coltrane as the Personification of Spirituality in African American Music," in John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedom; Spirituality and the Music (Oxford University Press)
Forthcoming GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME! The Development of Modern Jazz Drumming (University of California Press)
2001 "Quincy Jones," in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Macmillan Publishers, Ltd.)
1995 Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, thirteen music biographies (Simon & Schuster Macmillan)
1992 The Gillespie Connection (Smithsonian Institution)
1990 "Modern Jazz Drumset Artistry," in The Black Perspective in Music


1995 Doubles: Japan and America's Intercultural Children (CPB, NHK)
1986 Outside In Sight: The Music of United Front (Rhapsody Films)


2006 John Coltrane as the Personification of Spirituality in African American Music, Society of American Music/Center for Black Music Research conference, Chicago, IL.
2003 Grits and Soy Sauce: Processes of Intercultural Music Performance in Asian American Jazz, University of California, Santa Cruz
1996 Re-imaging America: The Persona of our Music, American Studies Association, Los Angeles
1990 The Evolution of Duke Ellington's Compositional Style, Sonneck Society of American Music, Toronto, Ontario
1989 African Influences in Native American Music, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.


2008 TEN Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra (Water Baby)
2005 Rhapsodies Anthony Brown's Orchestra w/David Murray (Water Baby)
2002 Monk's Moods Asian American Orchestra w/Steve Lacy (Water Baby)
1999 Far East Suite Asian American Orchestra (Water Baby/Asian Improv Records)
1998 Big Bands Behind Barbed Wire Asian American Jazz Orchestra (AIR)
1996 Family Anthony Brown (Asian Improv Records)
1993 Tiananmen! Jon Jang and the Pan-Asian Arkestra (Soul Note)
1991 Self Defense! Jon Jang and the Pan-Asian Arkestra (Soul Note)
1986 Water Mystery James Newton (Gramavision)
1985 African Flower James Newton (Blue Note)
1983 Live In Berlin United Front (FMP)
1981 Ohm: Unit of Resistance United Front (FMP)


2008 Certificate of Honor, SF Board of Supervisors (Music Education)
2007 Creative Work Fund, SF (Music composition/collaborator)
2003 Guggenheim Fellowship (Music Composition)
2002 UC Irvine Chancellor's Distinguished Fellowship
2000 Grammy nomination, Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance
1998 Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (Artist-in-Residence)
1997 APPEX, Center for Intercultural Performance, UCLA (Collaborator)
1994 MacDowell Colony residency (Writer/Composer)
1991 National Endowment for the Arts (Jazz Performance)
1985-1988 Meet the Composer (Atlanta, Berkeley, New Brunswick, New York)


  •  Advisory Board, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
  •  Board of Directors, Other Minds
  •  American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
  •  Associate, Center for Black Music Research (CBMR)
  •  National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS)

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Recorded live at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland, CA, the latest CD by the Asian American Orchestra showcases North Indian instrumentalists and African percussion performed by Kenneth Nash in new arrangements of classic Coltrane compositions including "Living Space," "Olé," "Liberia," "Dahomey Dance," and the extended works, "India" and "Africa."

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