Norman Brown & Bobby Caldwell – Love and Soul
GRAMMY® Award-winning Contemporary Jazz/R&B superstar Norman Brown has sold close to 2 million albums in his extraordinary career and virtually lives at the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz sales and radio charts.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Brown first picked up a guitar at the age of eight. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles, attending the Musician’s Institute, where he later taught for a short time. While playing with his own group in local clubs, Brown was discovered and signed to the fledgling MoJazz label, a division of Motown. He delivered his debut album, Just Between Us, and followed with the gold-certified After the Storm and Better Days Ahead.
With the critical acclaim and sales behind him, the talented musician made the leap to Warner Bros. and released Celebration. The follow-up, Just Chillin’, earned Brown much-deserved Grammy recognition in the Best Pop Instrumental category. That project was followed by his release West Coast Cooin’, where Brown tested his skills as a vocalist.
In 2002, Brown launched his smooth jazz supergroup BWB, with saxophonist Kirk Whalum and trumpeter Rick Braun, debuting with the album Groovin’. He then returned to his solo work with 2004’s West Coast Coolin’, followed two years later by Stay with Me on the Peak label. Brown then signed with Concord and released 2010’s Sending My Love. Two years later, he paired with saxophonist Gerald Albright for 24/7. In 2013, he also rejoined BWB for Human Nature. In 2016, Brown continued to split his time, releasing his third album with BWB. Let It Go, Norman’s inspired debut album for Shanachie Records, has something for everyone, whether an R&B fan or a jazz aficionado.
From blue-eyed soul to pop, R&B and standards singer/songwriter, Bobby Caldwell is truly one of the most respected members of the music industry. Bobby has been featured on the CBS’ Second Cup Café, The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno, BET Jazz Central, and has made numerous national and local network appearances. As a singer, he has a successful career with numerous solo releases, which have earned accolades far and wide. His songwriting skills have earned hits not only for himself, but also for well-known artists like Chicago, Boz Scaggs, Peter Cetera and Amy Grant, and Neil Diamond and Al Jarreau.
Born in Manhattan and raised in Miami, Bobby came from a show business family. His mother and father both sang and were the hosts of one of the first musical variety programs on television, Suppertime. Bobby chose a career in music at the tender age of 17. He has devoted his entire life to song writing, recording, performing, and, most of all, making people happy. Bobby has toured the U.S. and the globe for 40 years, bringing his music to fans of all ages and backgrounds, and he continues to do so.
At the present time, Bobby is focused on his live performances, and touring. He and his wife and daughters reside in New Jersey on a peaceful little horse farm. Life is good, with much more to come!