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James Brown


James Brown (guitarist) is a Toronto-based guitarist, composer, and educator.

He has appeared with many of Canadian and international artists and has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, and Soundstreams Canada. Brown’s compositions have been performed and recorded by many artists and ensembles including Orchestra Toronto, Jeffery McFadden, the Montreal Guitar Trio, and William Beauvais.

His debut recording, released in 1998, was entitled “First Dance” on the XXI label (ATMA). The recording features Ernie Tollar, Andrew Downing, and John Obercian. Brown released "The Home Fields," his second recording, on New Guitar Productions. It features Ernie Tollar and Jim Vivian. The recording offers an intimate, all acoustic approach to contemporary jazz. His most recent recording, "Sevendaze," features Don Thompson, Quinsin Nachoff, Jim Vivan, and Anthony Michelli.

James is currently on faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where he teaches guitar and Jazz improvisation.