Jesse Brown is an accomplished Canadian pianist, teacher, session musician and composer with more than two decades of experience composing and performing extensive and eclectic music.
When he first began to play, Jesse was fortunate to be mentored by veteran Saskatoon pianist Martin Janovsky and Winnipeg’s Ron Paley. Since then, he’s performed as an atmospheric solo pianist in a variety of venues across the prairies, including Winnipeg’s prestigious Hotel Fort Garry, where he worked opposite Chantal Kreviazuk.
Career building on the prairies
When Jesse Brown returned to Saskatoon in 1995, his career flourished and he was provided with a wide variety of opportunities to hone his skills, including:
- Working extensively with singer/songwriter Eileen Laverty
- Performing an original piano composition with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
- Touring with a variety of bands including Juno nominees Wide Mouth Mason
- Performing with Canadian jazz artists Allistair Elliott and the Joel Grundahl Band
With two full length, self-produced solo piano albums — December and Heartwork— as well as his newest EP - Trilogy and numerous pieces published through Debra Wanless Music publishing, Jesse has proven he can compose just as well as he can perform. His celebrated studio recordings have been recorded independently and mastered by longtime friend Trevor Case at Case Mastering. His transcriptions and compositions have been approved for use in the Conservatory Canada and the Canadian National Conservatory of Music’s examinations. Most recently, Jesse has published a three-volume collection of music books called Brown’s Notes that were written for the intermediate to early advanced pianist.
In the US, Jesse has recently become a Whisperings Solo Piano Radio artist as well as an Enlightened Piano Radio artist with music from both of his solo piano albums having been added to their rotation. Kathy Parsons, piano aficionado and owner of Mainly Piano gave both of Jesse’s albums 5-star reviews as well as adding Heartwork to her “Kathy’s Picks” list, and December to “Kathy’s Favourites” for 2016. Donovan Johnson, the program director of Enlightened Piano Radio, raves about Jesse’s work as well, writing "Jesse has created a timeless masterpiece that deserves to be enjoyed for years to come...five stars" - Heartwork review/2016.
"I don’t know how I missed December when it was first released, but it’s never too late to share a wonderful new discovery!...I give it my highest recommendation!" - Kathy Parsons - mainlypiano.com
" From the artwork, to the composing, to the playing, to the recording itself, Jesse has created a timeless masterpiece that deserves to be enjoyed for years to come. Five stars." - Heartwork Review - Donovan Johnson - Enlightened Piano Radio
"Heartwork is an exceptionally good album from the first note to the last...very highly recommended!" - Kathy Parsons - mainlypiano.com