World Premiere | August 26, 2018
While Paul Brown has scored over 60 #1 Smooth Jazz hits for himself and as a producer of other artists, the guitarist’s musical heart has always been in the blues. His past decade of pushing the boundaries towards the ultimate powerhouse fusion of urban flavored jazz and hardcore, heartfelt blues culminates in his latest Woodward Avenue Records album UPTOWN BLUES. Brown’s got a few deep in the pocket, mid and uptempo funk burners, but the emotional core of this mostly intimate collection lies in the simmering blues-drenched vocal tunes and a thoughtful, brassy tribute to Jeff Golub. Another can’t miss highlight is the poignant piano and vocal ballad about addiction, “Somebody’s Child,” penned and sung beautifully by Brown’s wife Jacqui Brown.