As a Philadelphia native, Gerry Brown's earliest musical experiences are of his father shepherding him in to clubs to hear seminal players Philly Joe Jones and Elvin Jones, thus immersing him in the great musical traditions of his community. Before he and boyhood friend Stanley Clarke were of high school age they already knew what they were destined to do. So there is little surprise that Gerry has spent a career immersed in the roots of R&B and jazz . He was close at hand for the genesis of jazz fusion as the drummer for Stanley Clarke's seminal School Days and continuing with a stint in the now legendary Return to Forever. Gerry subsequently found himself nestled firmly in the cradle of the Motown tradition, drumming with Stevie Wonder for a consecutive 14 years and next touring with another icon, Miss Diana Ross for twelve years into the present. Never one to rest on his laurels, he has found himself drumming throughout his career for a virtual lexicon of legends including Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Roberta Flack, George Benson, Donovan, and Chaka Khan while also finding time for an eclectic mix of motion picture soundtrack appearances and collaborations with artists as diverse as Steven Seagal and Master filmmaker David Lynch.
Performing on the ground break record "School Days" in 1976.
Performing with Lionel Ritchie for the Closing Ceremonies at the 1984
Olympics in Los Angeles.
Performing with George Benson for the opening of Blue Note Tokyo in 1988.
Performing with Stevie Wonder for the Sultan of Brunei in Brunei in 1995
Performing with Stevie Wonder for the 80th birthday of Nelson Mandela in 1998
Performing with Stevie Wonder for John F. Kennedy, Jr for the Robin
Hood Foundation in 1999.
Performing with Diana Ross for The Nobel Prize in 2008.
Boyz 'n the Hood
Romeo Must Die
The Kid Who Loved Christmas
Pee Wee's Playhouse
Murder She Wrote
A Man Called Hawk