Local jazz pianist Theron Brown is having a good year. Hot on the heels of his Knight Arts Challenge award to launch the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival, Brown is now pictured alongside an interview in Rolling Stone India.
The interview comes at an opportune time. Brown will be traveling to Mumbai, India in June 2016 to teach master classes and perform at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). He is making the trip with with Baldwin Wallace saxophone instructor Greg Banasak.
Brown says of the trip that he hopes to establish relationships with his hosts in India that will last long after the initial trip. He would also like to facilitate a connection between NCPA and Akron arts organizations such as ArtsNow.
Nicole Mullet, executive director of ArtsNow, says of Brown’s endeavors, “Theron’s incredible talent and heart for his community is well-known in Akron. I am thrilled to see his influence will be spreading across the globe. Theron is showcasing what many of us have been working toward — Summit County is increasingly a place for creative, talented people to thrive.”
Besides his success as a jazz pianist and arts community innovator, Brown has received critical praise for his portrayal of a young Herbie Hancock in the recently released Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead.”
As for where to find Brown playing in the area, he is a frequent performer and jam session bandleader at BLU Jazz+ in Akron. He also plays in venues throughout northeast Ohio and “across the globe.”
To read the Theron Brown interview in Rolling Stone Magazine India, go to http://rollingstoneindia.com/bebop-and-beyond-the-greg-banaszak-juggernaut/.
To learn more about the National Centre for the Performing Arts, go to http://ncpamumbai.com.
To learn more about Theron Brown, go to http://www.summitlive365.com/artist/theron-brown/.