Crossing genres from jazz to classical to funk, saxophone innovator Derek Brown’s unique playing style, using creative, new “beatbox-like” techniques, has wowed audiences across the globe. Previously the director of jazz studies at Abilene Christian University for the last six years, Derek now lives and performs in Chicago, USA, playing in various bands and projects around the area and throughout the world. His recent BEATBoX SAX music videos and weekly tutorials on YouTube have been very popular among saxophonists and music lovers alike, leading to endorsements with Legere reeds, JodyJazz mouthpieces, and P.Mauriat saxophones. Recent performances and masterclasses include NAMM, SaxOpen (France), the Penang Island Jazz Festival, along with numerous US universities.
Derek earned a B.M. in classical and jazz performance at Hope College and his M.M. in jazz studies at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music.