Professor Emeritus, Music and African American Studies
PhD, 1989, Music, Wesleyan University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Leonard Brown is a professional musician (saxophonist, composer, and arranger), teacher, ethnomusicologist and specialist in multicultural education. He has appeared with many outstanding artists including Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, George Russell, Bill Barron, Yusef Lateef, Alan Dawson, and Ed Blackwell. Brown leads his own group, “Joyful Noise” and has performed nationally and internationally. He is co-founder and producer of Boston’s annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert (www.jcmc.neu.edu), the oldest event of its kind in the world.
At Northeastern, Brown is co-director of the Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project. He served as senior ethnomusicologist and principal cultural historian to the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, MO, the first national jazz museum in the nation.
Brown has received postdoctoral fellowship support from the Ford Foundation and is currently involved in researching African retentions in 21st century Afro-Caribbean cultures.
- Kansas City…And All That’s Jazz (1999), Andrews McMeel.
- John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music, (2010) Oxford Univ. Press.
- Boston’s Jazz Legend: The Al Vega Story, (2011), self-published.
Awards and Honors
He has received Distinguished Scholar awards from the University of Massachusetts/Boston and the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute at Northeastern University.