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Brian Simpson

Keyboardist and composer Brian Simpson is a sought-after studio musician and musical director who has regularly crossed from jazz to pop and R&B. Raised in Gurnee, Illinois, Simpson grew up in a musical family and eventually earned his music degree from Northern Illinois University. After graduating, he relocated to Los Angeles, where he found work performing with such artists as Boney James, Norman Brown, and Everette Harp. This led to stints touring with a variety of pop artists, including Janet Jackson and Teena Marie. In 1991, Simpson garnered more attention after co-writing Surface's number one hit R&B single "The First Time." As a studio musician, Simpson has worked with such artists as Stanley Clarke, Kirk Whalum, and George Duke. Since the late '90s, he has acted as musical director for saxophonist Dave Koz. Simpson has released several albums as a solo artist, including 1995's Closer Still and 2005's It's All Good. Two years later, Simpson delivered the album Above the Clouds. In 2013, Simpson released Just What You Need, featuring guest appearances by Gerald Albright, Marc Antoine, Elan Trotman, and Jonathan Butler. Out of a Dream followed two years later. In 2016, Simpson returned with his seventh solo effort, and fourth for the Shanachie label, Persuasion. The album featured performances with a cast of smooth jazz luminaries including saxophonist Boney James, guitarist Peter White, bassist Axel Al, and others. ~ Matt Collar
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Stations Featuring
Brian Simpson

    Smooth Jazz

    Smooth Jazz
    8 songs

Albums by
Brian Simpson

Top Songs by
Brian Simpson

  1.   Song
  2.   Sky Watcher
  3.   Emerald City
  4.   When I Say Your Name by Dave Koz
  5.   Saturday Cool
  6.   What Cha Gonna Do?
  7.   Juicy
  8.   Persuasion
  9.   South Beach
  10.   Wonderland
  11.   Can't Tell You Why
  12.   Her Eyes
  13.   A Love Like This
  14.   From the Hip by Chuck Loeb
  15.   Paradise Island
  16.   It's All Good
  17.   Starbound
  18.   Supernatural
  19.   Nightfall by Maurice Brown
  20.   San Lorenzo featuring Marc Antoine
  21.   Just One Wish by Norman Brown
  22.   Out of a Dream by Najee
  23.   You Gotta Be
  24.   In the Rain by Marc Antoine
  25.   D'Groove by Gerald Albright
  26.   Old Friends by George Duke
  27.   The Last Kiss
  28.   Fiona's Song featuring Dave Koz
  29.   Bali
  30.   One More Time
  31.   Let's Get Close
  32.   Blues for Scott
  33.   And the Story Goes
  34.   Twilight
  35.   Here With You
  36.   One of a Kind by Grace Kelly
  37.   Our Love
  38.   Take It Up
  39.   One and Only
  40.   Above the Clouds by George Duke
  41.   It Could Happen
  42.   Never Without You by Peter White
  43.   All I Want Is You
  44.   The Girl from Ipanema by Dave Koz
  45.   Moonlit Ocean
  46.   Summer's End
  47.   Wherever You Go by Jonathan Butler
  48.   Lost in Love
  49.   Just What You Need by Elan Trotman
  50.   Surreal Theme
  51.   Need You Now
  52.   I Remember When
  53.   Rio Sway by Maysa
  54.   That's Right by Michael Brecker
  55.   Waiting
  56.   Let's Get Away
  57.   Castaway
  58.   Soul Embrace
  59.   Memories of You
  60.   Always Here for You
  61.   Lay It on Me by Euge Groove
  62.   Au Contraire

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