Through the years, keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician and producer Brian Simpson has been revered for his ability to compose unforgettable melodies and irresistible grooves. Brian’s soulful approach to music, his eloquent approach to playing, sophisticated harmonics sense, bluesy overtones, R&B flavor and keen sense of how to craft a song that stands the test of time have made him first call for many big names, including George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Boney James, Everette Harp and, last but not least, Dave Koz, whose musical director he had been for close to 20 years. A chart-topping musical chameleon who has always been a working jazz musician, even when he found himself touring the world with pop divas Teena Marie, Sheena Easton and Janet Jackson. And his foray into the pop world didn’t end there; in 1991, he co-wrote the #1 Pop hit “The First Time” by Surface, which conquered both the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts. Hailing from Gurnee, Illinois, but having lived in Los Angeles since having graduated from Northern Illionois University, Brian always knew music would play center stage in his life. “Our house was filled with music. I never really considered any other lifestyle,” he says. His own breakthrough as a solo artist began in 2005 with the #1 radio hit “It’s All Good.” With the release of Persuasion, 2017 should prove to be a year Brian Simpson further asserts himself as one of the most thrilling and innovative pioneers on the contemporary jazz scene.
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