Artist of the Month

Derek Brown

We are delighted to present Sax Magazine's Artist of the Month for April: Derek Brown, a phenomenon who accumulates more than 30 million views on YouTube, crossing genres from jazz to classical to funk.
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Derek Brown’s Highlights

  • 1983:
    • Born in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
  • 1995:
    • Starting playing the alto saxophone.
  • 2004:
    • Bought his first tenor saxophone.
  • 2006:
    • Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance (Classical and Jazz); Hope College in Holland, Michigan, USA.
  • 2008:
    • Master of Music degree (Jazz Studies); the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
    • Appointed as Director of Jazz Studies and Saxophone at Abilene Christian University, Texas, USA.
  • 2014:
    • Released first BEATBoX SAX video on YouTube: Catch’em Up.
    • Began a full-time saxophone performing career in Chicago.

  • 2016:
    • Released first solo album BEATBoX SAX.
  • 2018:
    • Released second solo album FiftyFifty.
    • FiftyFifty Tour — 9-months-on the road performing in all 50 United States.
  • 2020:
    • Moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
    • Composed and released big band album All Figured Out: Derek Brown and the Holland Concert Jazz Ensemble.
  • 2021:
    • Released duo album Symbiosis (Ear Up Records) with Jeff Coffin.

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