Born and raised in Oakland, California, Justin Brown started playing drums in church when he was just 2 years old. His talent was recognized early on and Justin was the recipient of full scholarships to a number of prestigious music programs, including the UC Berkeley Young Musician's Summer Program and the Stanford Jazz Workshop's Summer Jazz Camp. By the time he graduated from Berkeley High School, Justin had already performed at several jazz festivals around the United States and was also a member of the National 2002 GRAMMY High School Jazz Combo.
In August 2002, Justin was one of five select young musicians, chosen from hundreds of applicants from around the country, to receive a fellowship to participate in the inaugural Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, an intensive performance-based jazz studies program at the University of the Pacific (UOP) in Stockton, Calif. After two years at the Brubeck Institute, Justin made a bold move to New York City to attend the Julliard School on full scholarship. After only four years in New York, Justin Brown has already made a statement in the music world. He has been privileged to grace the stage with the likes of Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Stefon Harris, Josh Roseman, Yosvany Terry, Gonazalo Rubalcaba, Bilal, Ledisi and Vijay Iyer.
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