Delmar Brown -musician, composer, performer, visionary and student of the World.

The ‘Delmar Brown World Pop Experience’ brings together exciting musical elements

from all over the planet and fuses them together to form a unique blend of music

which he himself has termed ‘World Pop’.

This vision of musical unification from many different cultural sources and American pop

music comes from a person whose life has always been surrounded by music from a

variety of cultures. As a young man, Delmar Brown was a shining star in Bloomington,

Illinois where he was active in church as a pianist, singer and organist. Delmar admired

the great jazz musicians of his youth, citing Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock, and Oscar

Peterson aniong his earliest influences. Gospel greats like Mahalia Jackson, James

Cleveland and C.L. Franklin were a large part of his earliest vocal influences.

After studying at Berklee College of Music, the training ground of some of the finest jazz

musicians today, Delmar went on to play and compose for some of the most influential

musicians in the global industry including Gil Evans, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Jaco

Pastroius,Pat Martino, and many others. Delmar’s travel experiences and love of the

music of the world brought him in contact with innovative pop musicians who included

elements of world music in their own music. Throughout the years Delmar has

collaborated with such notable figures as Sting, Youssou N’Dour, and Peter Gabriel.

Today Delmar Brown combines the smooth sound of jazz, the earthiness of world music

and the high energy of pop music to drive ‘The Delmar Brown World Pop Experience’,

mixing musical elements from the Caribbean to Eastern Europe. The music itself is truly

unique, and has the potential to reach deeply into one’s soul with its throbbing rhythm

and ‘grounded’ sound to touch and uplift you. When you listen to ‘The Delmar Brown

World Pop Experience’, your being will be so full of good feelings and energy that you’ll

want to experience it over and over again!

World Pop Music

The latest CD from Delmar Brown is much like the future of music that trumpeter Dizzy

Gillespie predicted in his autobiography. In Dizzy’s book ‘To Be, or Not to Bop’, the jazz

icon describes the future of music to be ‘like a quilt with all of the worlds music

represented on the different patches. The World Pop Experience is akin to this quilt that

Dizzy anticipated many years ago. A quilt with patches of Brazilian rhythm, the pulse of

reggae, vocal influences of gospel, exotic sounds of Middle Eastern music, and the

vibrant drumming of Africa combined with American pop. The result is a compositional

soundscape that is contemporary, rich and fresh.

Delmar Brown, the driving force behind ‘The World Pop Experience’, packs this new

release with 12 original songs, from the Brazilian-influenced Bahia to the reggae

influenced Jah Man Jah. The performances aIways challenge musical boundaries and

skillfully blend diverse influences. ‘The World Pop Experience’ is Delmar Brown’s vehicle

to take his music of the world – to the world.

22 comments

Delesa Suggs Sims

Hey Delmar……This is Delesa Suggs Sims. I was a little girl the last time I saw you and you were playing with Antelope Freeway with Chuck Tripp. I have tracked you and your music from time to time over the years. It is truly a blessing to know you are out there putting something new and fresh in the ears of the world. My dad turns 80 years young this year. We’re having a big celebration in Memphis, TN which is where my folks live now. It made me think about you. You be safe out there. May God continue to bless you.

Remembering riding my Stingray to a house on Mill Street and being wowed and amazed by the music coming from the organ being played by a brother whose personality was conveyed through the notes he put out. Then later to see him performing with Sting Jaco Quincy and Miles is even more amazing to think.

The world has lost some of its vitality, brilliance and richness with the passing of Delmar Brown. Rest in peace, fly on, Delmar.

Betty Washington

RIP my cousin – received the news today – last we saw each other was in Berlin Germany you playing and singing on stage – well my love you now have one of the greatest stages there can ever be – play on
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Michael Brezack

.,sorry that we hadn’t hooked up again so many years and different realities later! I hope and trust your forever esense continues to give the same cheer and light it ever has ! Love You and will miss you forever!

There can never be one like Delmar. The love that’s passed between us, like the waves
of an eternal ocean can never be forgotten. I send you my embrace forever my friend !

He Loved You Beyond….❤️❤️

RIP Delmar. Haven’t seen you since high school but have been following your successful career. Thank you for touching me with the power of music so many years ago! Heaven just got a little more funky!!

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One of the finest musicians who with the excellent Mr. Pat Martino created some of the most inspired works. I talked with him and he was “down to earth” while above the clouds in his talent. With talent like that…you know there is a God. I encourage everyone to buy his works especially with Mr. Martino. We have lost a few, Freddie Hubbard, Miles, Nancy Wilson, Bobby Hutcherson and Mr. Brown was right there with them in talent. Such music gives you a great reason for getting up every day. Thank you Mr. Brown!
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I was among the many young men and women who would move mountains , if they had to…to see and hear Band X in the Bloomington-Normal area with Delmar working magic with that Hammond of his. I’ve never forgotten the wonderful times he and Band X provided for us back then.

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