Ted Brown

The Ted Brown Quartet features Ted Brown (tenor sax), Jon Easton (Piano), Don Messina (Bass), and Bill Chattin (Drums). Brown, Easton, and Chattin all studied with Lennie Tristano. Ted?s jazz training began not only with studying with Lennie in the 1940s but by participating at the legendary sessions that took place at Tristano?s East 32nd St. studio with players such as Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, Sal Mosca, Shelia Jordan, Peter Ind, Charles Mingus, Stan Getz, Ronnie Ball, Peter Ind, and many more. Ted’s recording career started in 1956 for Savoy Records with Ronnie Ball and Kenny Clarke. Since then he has recorded either as leader or sideman with Konitz, Marsh, Jimmy Raney, John Abercrombie, Rufus Reid, Art Pepper, Buddy Clarke, Jimmy Giufree, Hod O’Brien, among others. In 2008 he released another CD as leader for Steeplechase and later this year, his previous performance at Trumpets will be released on Blue Jack Jazz label of Amsterdam. Ted has toured Europe numerous times with Konitz, and has recently performed at Birdland and as well as Carnegie Hall for Lee Konitz’s 80th birthday concert. Ted will be touring Japan in the fall of 2009. His rhythm section has recorded for Cadence Records, Zinnia and Blue Jack Labels. Messina and Chattin have performed with Sal Mosca, Larry Bluth, and Jimmy Halperin, This quartet will improvise on the tunes of the American Songbook (Gershwin, Porter, Kern etc.), jazz compositions by Charlie Parker, Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz, and as well as original pieces by Ted.