Guitarist Norman Brown will tour with Brenda Russell, Everette Harp and Peabo Bryson.
Guitarist Norman Brown will debut a tour in May that he’s calling Norman Brown’s Summer Storm. The tour, which so far has booked eight cities, will feature vocalists Brenda Russell and Peabo Bryson, in addition to saxophonist Everette Harp.
The tour will be a reunion of sorts for Brown and Russell. Russell was scheduled to join Brown on last year’s Dave Koz & Friends Smooth Jazz Christmas tour, but she was forced to back out after getting a diagnosis of diabetes. The tour, scheduled to begin on May 28, will stop at some of summer’s biggest festivals, including the Catalina Island JazzTrax and Playboy Jazz festivals in California.
Brown, who is primarily known to smooth jazz fans for his guitar playing, wants to expand his reach during his upcoming concert tour by singing more vocal tunes as he does on his latest album, West Coast Coolin’.
"I want to grab a new audience and try to broaden this base, and introduce some more people to this instrumental music," he says. "And the way to do that is like some of great people in the past did: Louis Armstrong and Nat ‘King’ Cole, more recently George Benson. These guys were totally instrumentalists who crossed over into singing. It brought a new dynamic to everything.”Posted by Brian Soergel at February 26, 2005 5:27 AM