|I met with dee Brown, an inspirational guitarist, composer, producer and arranger.
Hailing from Detroit he has currently released his albums
No Time To Waste (2006) and
A Little Elbowroom (2009).
hbh: dee, what is the history of the title of your second album?
dee: After the completion and success of my
first CD “No Time To Waste," I thought the appropriate title of my
recent release should be “A Little Elbowroom” because we really had just
a little “elbowroom” left over to produce this one.
If you listen
carefully, you’ll pick up the way I express my love for the guitar, as
it is carries each track’s melody, and truly provides the true essence
of knowing what having “A Little Elbowroom” is really all about.
hbh: I discovered on your album old friends of yours like Dezie McCullers and Dave Henderson, who also performed on your previous album No Time To Waste. You talked with Baldwin “Smitty” Smith in an earlier interview about your heritage, your old friends and influences.
So I would like to hear something about your new fellow musicians like Darren Rahn and Nate Harasim. How did you come in contact with them?
dee: I became acquainted with Nate Harasim
in 2007 through a well know site we all know as "My Space." What a
wonderful invention which allows us to network and put you in contact
with such great talent. Although Nate and I are label mates through Nu
Groove Records, we were also ecstatic to find out that we reside in
hbh: Recently you have joined JS108Atlanta.Com to launch "Sessions" a new show where various artist will discuss past, present and future trends in the music industry. What is concept and content of "Sessions"?
dee: Andrea Moore, the General Manger of
JS108Atlanta.Com approached my publicist Bridget Barnett regarding
an opportunity for me to host a new edition to her broadcast schedule
entitled "Sessions." The concept is based on a new artist hosting a show
every week along with the opportunity to create your own format.
hbh: According to the website is JS108Atlanta.com Atlanta's premiere Internet jazz radio station. What do you think, are Internet radio stations after the demise of so many smooth jazz radio stations the perfect substitute?
dee: I was born and currently reside in Detroit which is the home of one of the oldest jazz night clubs around known as the renowned "Baker's Keyboard Lounge." If you were a well known player of the jazz and be bop era, you had to come to Detroit to play in Bakers. Bakers attracted the likes of noted musicians such as Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Earl Klugh and Eddie Jefferson, just to name a few.
In those days, musicians of all genres relied on their music to be add to the rotation list at many radio stations in order to be heard. With the lost of jazz and smooth jazz radio stations today, we are facing the dilemma of a lack of exposure. We have to depend on satellite radio with many stations involved. It can be very confusing and intimating to the listening audience. It has its pros and cons; it is a great avenue for those who travel, but on the other hand, most people do not have satellite radio in the homes or cars and the thought of paying for radio is definitely out of the question.
This is a new world for jazz and smooth jazz music.
We have to do things the old fashioned way, we rely on our fan's support
and passion to purchase our music via CD's, Mp3's, ect. As avid
musicians, we promise to deliver fresh and exciting masterpieces upon
command. The buck does not stop here, we must continue to keep smooth
hbh: So what are your plans for the near future?
dee: We are currently garnering massive
media/p.r. exposure for my new single,