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Tom Browne

b. 30th October 1954, Queens, New York, New York State, U.S.A.

Tom Browne originally played piano, having taken lessons from the age of 11.

Turning to the trumpet, inspired by his collection of jazz albums, his first gig was in a Queens club The Village Door.

In 1975, he landed his first professional gig with Weldon Irvine.

From here he played with Sonny Fortune ('Infinity ls') and Lonnie Smith ('Gotcha') and was later introduced to Dave Grusin & Larry Rosen at GRP Records via Earl Klugh.

Grusin & Rosen signed him to GRP (via Arista) and Tom broke onto the music scene in 1979 with a highly acclaimed instrumental jazz fusion album 'Browne Sugar', not released in the UK.

His first real breakthrough came in 1980 with the release of 'Funkin' For Jamaica', taken from his second album 'Love Approach'.

The single was a UK Top 10 hit, and featured the lead vocals of Tonni Smith (later a voice allegedly utilized by S-Express on 'Theme From S-Express').

Continuing his association with producers Grusin & Rosen, his next albums were 'Yours Truly' (1981), including 'Fungi Mama' and 'Bye Gones', and 'Magic' (1982), before he signed directly to Arista.

Here he progressed into an electro style of jazz with 'Rockin' Radio' from a 1983 album of the same name (which also included a final GRP production 'Brighter Tomorrow').

In 1984 he recorded a final Arista album 'Tommy Gun', which featured Siedah Garrett singing lead on the leading moment 'Secret Fantasy' produced by Maurice Starr.

Also in 1984 he recorded with Fuse One on their 'Ice' album.

He also recorded with Roy Ayers on 'Goree Island', taken from his 'In The Dark' album.

Tom moved to Malaco records and performed a large amount of session work.

In 2000, Tom re-recorded 'Funkin' For Jamaica' on Jazz FM's '101 Eastbound' compilation alongside fellow jazz artist, Bob Baldwin.

The track re-utilised the vocal skills of Tonni Smith (featured on the original).

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Albums:

No Longer I (Malaco 1972)

Love Approach (GRP 1979)

Browne Sugar (GRP 1979)

Yours Truly (GRP 1981)

Magic (Arista 1981)

Rockin' Radio (Arista 1983)

Tommy Gun (Arista 1984)

Mo' Jamaica Funk (Hip Bop 1994)

Another Shade of Browne (Hip Bop 1996)

R 'N' Browne (Hip Bop 1999)

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