Stuart Brown is a full time drummer, band leader, producer, composer and drum teacher based in Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
After studying Electronics with Music (BEng, 1st class honours) at Glasgow University Stuart went on to attend Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA on scholarship, where his private teachers included Kenwood Dennard (Sting, Miles Davis) and Ian Froman (Mike Stern). He has also taken lessons with Ralph Peterson, Ari Hoenig, Clarence Penn, Ed Uribe, Stanton Moore, Steve White, Mark Guiliana and more.
Since leaving Berklee Stuart has gone on to be one of the most in demand drummers in Scotland and has built a strong and diverse musical performance career that encompasses jazz, rock, latin, folk, electronic music, free improv and much more. He is also an established bandleader and composer, writing for his own groups and also creating music for film and advertising. In 2018 he was the only Scottish composer to be selected as one of 15 UK participants in Sound and Music’s New Voices composers development scheme to develop new solo work combining drums, electronics and live video triggering.
As a drummer he has toured internationally around Europe, USA, India, Brazil and New Zealand and has worked with many national and international artists including Craig Armstrong (film composer for Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge, etc), Niki Haris (Maddona’s backing singer), David Byrne of Talking Heads (for the Young Adam film sound track), Tom Jones, Horse, Barbara Morrison, Rab Noakes, Darius Campbell, Dave Gordon (SunRa Arkestra) Evan Parker, Fred Frith, George Lewis, John Hollenbeck and the unique Orquestra Scotland Brazil project (a British council funded project featuring 16 Scottish and Brazilian musicians).
His own critically acclaimed group, Stu Brown’s Twisted Toons (which performs live cartoon scores by Carl Stalling, Scott Bradley and Raymond Scott) has released two albums, which were featured in Mojo Magazines Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2009 and 2016 and in The Times Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2016.
Other current groups and artists that he works with include: Electronic duo Herschel 36, Brooks Williams, Blue Rose Code, Jill Jackson, Sugarwork, Simon Thacker’s Ritmata, Mario Caribé’s Boteco Trio, Niki King, Brian Molley Quartet (including several trips to India to collaborate with Rajasthani folk musicians), Glasgow Imrovisers Orchestra, Martin Kershaw’s “Hero as a Riddle”, Chick Lyall Quintet, Paul Harrison Trio, Carrie Fertig’s Glass Percussion project and Drawn to Water. He also co-runs the Jazz at The 78 weekly jazz session with Euan Burton (bass) and Tom Gibbs (piano) which has helped revitalize the jazz community in Glasgow since 2007 by bringing together established and emerging players.
As a composer he has been commissioned to create several works, including a 2010 collaborative work with American drummer John Hollenbeck for Edinburgh Jazz Festival and a 2016 Hippfest commission to create a new live score for the 1926 German silent film, Wunder Der Schöpfung. This was performed by his electronic duo, Herschel 36 and went on to tour Scotland and England in 2016 to critical acclaim. Working as part of Toad’s Caravan motion graphics studio, Stuart has also created music and sound for commercial clients include Citizen’s Theatre, Starcatchers, Kuoni Travel, Mary’s Meals, and more.
As a drum teacher and educator, Stuart works part time for Glasgow schools, is the resident drum tutor on both the Napier University and Glasgow Jazz Summer Schools does regular teaching sessions at DD Drums in Falkirk. He also has a number of private drum students and does additional freelance workshops in Samba drumming, electronic music, animation and more. In addition, he has also presented drum masterclasses in jazz and Brazilian drum kit including appearances at The Scottish Drum Fair 2013 and Sage Jazz Festival 2010.