The Festival for Young Musicians and Dancers

Dr. Jeremy Brown - reed

Reed Adjudicator Jeremy Brown
Born in Seattle and raised in Spokane, Jeremy Brown has built a career in Canada as a renowned saxophonist, flutist, woodwind doubler, teacher, author, composer and conductor.

He is Professor of Music and the former Head of the Music Department at the University of Calgary (1990-present). Regarded as an unusually versatile musician, he currently performs as a woodwind doubler in professional theatre, directs and performs with jazz ensembles, conducts a wind band and has his own new music ensembles and chamber jazz projects. He is also an improviser of both free music and jazz and is a composer in an eclectic mix of styles.

As a university teacher, his undergraduate and graduate students have won numerous national and international awards, scholarships and recognition.  His university ensembles have been widely recognized for original programming and performing excellence; most recently his U of C Jazz Orchestra won the Outstanding Ensemble Award at the 2013 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and ten outstanding soloist awards at the 2014 Elmhurst Jazz Festival, Chicago, Illinois and numerous soloist awards at the 2018 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

He has been a guest lecturer at Tanglewood in 2018-2019 and just completed a recording of free jazz music with renowned author and artist Joe Morris in Boston.

In 2003, he co-founded Verismo, a Calgary jazz quintet whose inaugural recording garnered great critical acclaim and subsequently performed at the 2007 Montreal Jazz Festival.

Dr. Brown has written numerous pedagogical articles and in addition to The Wind Band Music of Henry Cowell.  He was co-compiler and series editor of the inaugural Royal Conservatory of Music Saxophone Series (2014).  This groundbreaking saxophone anthology includes graded repertoire, etudes, technical studies and orchestral excerpts, the first such resource of its kind.