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Leonard Brown

Eric Jackson’s Radio Legacy (owner)

The Eric Jackson Interviews with Master Musicians A research project conducted by Leonard Brown, associate professor of African American Studies and Music, Northeastern University, Boston, MA Introduction Over the last three decades, I have been involved in researching and sharing knowledge on musicians’ thoughts, feelings, views and beliefs on and about what they do and why they do it. Some of my work has focused specifically...

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Leonard Brown is a professional musician (saxophonist, composer, & arranger), teacher, ethnomusicologist and specialist in multicultural education. He has performed with many outstanding artists including Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, George Russell, Bill Barron, Yusef Lateef, Alan Dawson and Ed Blackwell. An associate professor of African American Studies and Music at Northeastern University/Boston, Brown is co-director of the Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project. He is a Ford Foundation Fellow & is currently involved in exposing & educating students to African retentions in 21st century Caribbean cultures. From 1996 to 2002, he served as senior ethnomusicologist and principal cultural historian to the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, MO, the first national jazz museum in the nation and recently served in an advisory capacity for the National Museum of African American Music proposed for Nashville, TN.

Brown is also co-founder & producer of Boston’s annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert (friendsofjcmc.org). Established in 1977, this annual performance tribute to John Coltrane’s musical and spiritual legacy is the oldest event of its kind in the world.

He has received Distinguished Scholar awards from the University of Massachusetts/Boston and the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute at Northeastern University. He is principal contributor to the book Kansas City…And All That’s Jazz, a history of the Kansas City jazz legacy published by Andrews McMeel in 1999. Brown’s recent publications are John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music, released by Oxford University Press in August 2010 and Boston’s Jazz Legend: The Al Vega Story, a self-published work released in June 2011.