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.
Blue Rose Code (still to be released)
Born in Dirt an' Din - Mr McFall's Chamber (Delphian)
MODUL3 - Self Titled (Lickety-Splat)
Rab Noakes - Welcome to Anniversaryville (Neon Records)
Brooks Williams - Lucky Star (Red Guitar Blue Music)
Jill Jackson - Are We There Yet? (
Sugarwork - Self Titled (Harriphonic)
Drawn To Water - Self Titled (Lickety-Splat/Gruff Wit)
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra - Parallel Moments Unbroken (FMR)
The Brian Molley Quartet - Colour and Movement
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra - GIOsevens (FMR)
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra - The Word For It Now (FMR)
Rab Noakes - The Treatment Tapes
Stu Brown's Twisted Toons Vol.2 - The Music of Carl Stalling, Scott Bradley and more... (Lickety-Splat)
Scott Twynholm - Alasdair Gray, A Life In Progress (DeFence Records)
Sophie Bancroft - Songs
Simon Thacker's Camerata Ritmata (not yet released)
Rab Noakes - I'm Walkin Here
The Brian Molley Quartet - Clock
The People's Voice - Celebrating the Janey Buchan Political Song Collection (Various Artists)
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra - Schweben, Ay but can ye?
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra - GN82, Improcherto (for HB)
Damien Marchal/Stu Brown Duo (not yet released)
The Northern Appointment - Good Times in Small Numbers
Future Pilot AKA
Martin Kershaw - Hero as A Riddle
The DT6 - Donkey Chop (Starla Records)
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra - GIOpoetics (Creative Sources 2009)
The Stu Brown Sextet - Twisted Toons, The Music of Raymond Scott (Lickety-Splat)
The DT6 - Don’t Doubt Me/Open Your Eyes 7” (Starla Records)
The DT6 - The Baden Persuader/ Takes 7” (Starla Records)
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra with George Lewis - Metamorphic Rock (Iorram)
Glasgow/London Improvisers Orchestra - Separately and Together (Emanem)
The Everything Treatment (TET Records)
Waltzer - EP
Horse - "Red Haired Girl" (Randan)
Horse - "Same Old Same Old (single)" (Randan)
The Everything Treatment - "Frequent Flyer: Red Eye compilation" (KinkySweet)
The Everything Treatment - "Club AB+ compilation #02 - Electropop"
The Everything Treatment - "Sola and The Theme From..." (Buff International Records)
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra with Maggie Nicols - "Which way did he Go?" (FMR)
Horse - "Coveted" (Randan)
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra with Evan Parker - "Munich and Glasgow" (FMR)
David Byrne - "Lead us in to Temptation: Music from the film Young Adam" (Thrill Jockey)
Martin Kershaw Quartet - "Fruition" (Caber)
Yush 2K - "Tales from the Greenyard" (Yush 2K Records)
Dr Honda - "Don't Sleep Much" (Tuesday Records)
Rarefaction - "Stormbird" (Yush 2K EP, Yush Records)
Rarefaction (Self released)
Project 69 - "SMIC New Scottish Music Sampler"
Tom Jones with Cerys from Catatonia - "Baby It's Cold Outside (official remix)" (Gut Records)
Toneburst Collective compilation (Bliss records)