Playing Afro-Latin Jazz,Calypso, and Classic Standards. Steel Pan and percussion.
Playing Reggae, Calypso, R &B, and Afro-Latin Jazz, World music percussionist Nate Brown is well known as a Steel pan player as well as a Djembe and conga drum artist.
Originally from NYC, Nate has been playing drums most of his life. From playing drums as a youngster with the "Travelers Drum and Bugle Corp" under the direction of his uncle George Brown, to playing steel pan with "The Harlem Maestros Steel Band" under the direction of pan master Kim Loy Wong, Nate has been trained in many styles of percussion, from traditional marching band to African and Caribbean drumming.
When reaching college age Nate went to Binghamton University and joined "The Afro-Caribbean Dance Theater" Under the direction of Dr. Percival Borde and his wife Dr. Pearl Primus, who are well known in the theater and performance world as dancers and anthropologists With Dr Borde Nate traveled to Nigeria in 1977 to study 3rd world music cultures and dance as a language at the university of IFE there. Returning to the states Nate became musical director for "Kuumba " a cultural arts resource center founded by dancers Louis and Veleria Ramos. For over 30 yrs Nate has been a teaching artist, and performer, recording with many well known musicians throughout the industry.
Now living in Charlotte for the past 5 yrs. , Nate has been slowly making a name for himself here as a teaching artist and performer. He has done programs for Blumenthal center for the arts as well as visiting many schools around NC. You may find him playing pan at one of many restaurants, or a festival, or just outside Epicenter on a sunny day. If you listen closely you may recognize a song or two. if yo do, let him know. He loves when that happens.