Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Clarinet: Kenneth Brown

A subway clarinet cover of "Favorite Things"

Interview with Kenneth Brown

Artist: Kenneth Brown
Medium: Clarinet
Location: 2 train between Park Place and Fulton St. stations

Kenneth Brown is a native New Yorker with a native New York spirit. Originally from the diverse borough of Queens, he’s now a resident of the hard-hitting Bronx. No stranger to hardship Kenneth is ever enduring, just like the music he plays. Originally a trumpeter, he lost his ability to play do to a cut on his lip. Unwilling to let his musical inclinations be squashed, he bought a clarinet and taught himself the clarinet. After being laid off from his job at the World Financial Center, Kenneth decided to go to school and pay his way by playing his clarinet in the subway – and that’s how I met him.

Kenneth is studying to be a substance abuse counselor. Having abused drugs himself, and referring to the experience as “no good,” Kenneth seeks to share his knowledge with others and help them overcome the problems he once faced. Aside from making a living and making his way through school, Kenneth plays to make people “feel comfortable with each other” and to give the people a “nice piece of music when [they] go to work in the morning time.

Like what you see? Hire him for a gig

Really like what you see? Go hear him
The Prince of Peace Baptist Church Inc.: 1250 St. Nicholas Ave. Bet. 172nd &173rd St., New York, NY

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