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Dartanyan Brown is currently touring with Tanner Taylor on keyboards and Scott Dawson on drums. Call (913) 766-6638 for bookings. 

Dartanyan Brown is an inductee of the Iowa Jazz Hall Of Fame, the Iowa Blues Hall Of Fame and the Iowa Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. 

Dartanyan 11/24/16
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Dartanyan Brown & Tanner Taylor 11/24/16















Scott Dawson 11/24/16.

Dartanyan Brown began his musical life listening to his father Ellsworth Brown playing and teaching jazz in the late 1950's. His mother, Rev. Mary Alice Brown was also a musician with a passion for classical and spanish music. Dartanyan began playing Folk music while at North High School in Des Moines during the mid-’60s. Influenced by Des Moines Rock legend G.T. Clinton, Dartanyan learned to play the bass guitar with his first professional gig being with The Soul Brothers, which featured Blues Hall of Famers Harlan Thomas, Chicago Rick Lussie and Gene Jackson. 

Dartanyan would form his first band in 1968 while attending Drake University.  The Black & Blues Band, featured fellow Drake students guitarist Frank Tribble, saxophone player Rick Arbuckle and trumpet player Paul Micich. In 1969 Brown formed Wheatstraw a proto-blues rock quartet featuring Blues Hall of Famer Ron DeWitte (formerly with The American Legends), Craig Horner on B3 and drummer David Bernstein from Ottumwa. The band toured the Midwest constantly for nearly two years before Dartanyan returned to Des Moines in 1972.

In 1973 Dartanyan's career took a decided upturn when he was called to join Epic Records recording Artist Chase, led by international trumpet star Bill Chase. The Grammy nominated Chase band toured the nation for 17 months, recorded 3 highly acclaimed albums (Dartanyan is featured on the third album Pure Music) and toured with artists including Herbie Hancock, Jim Croce, Sly and the Family Stone and many more. Unfortunately, a plane crash in August 1974 took the life of Bill Chase and three other band members.

With the demise of Chase, Dartanyan returned to Des Moines and Drake to complete work on the journalism degree he started in 1967. To stay active,  he joined the Drake Jazz Band where he met musician Marcia Miget. Both Marcia and Bobby Parker invited Dartanyan to join their band The Midwest Express. Playing regularly at Ernie’s Urban Lounge, the band built a devoted fan base and stayed busy for 4 years. MWE featured Danny Nicholson, Bobby Parker, drummer John Grguric and the late legendary vocalist Big Mike Edwards, a 2010 inductee to the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame.

Dartanyan formed a band under his name in 1979. The band featured a revolving lineup of some of Iowa's best jazz, rock and blues musicians. Keyboardists Lynn Willard and Sam Salomone, percussionist Bobby Aguiniga, bassist/vocalist Susie Miget and gospel star Liz Sharp all made significant contributions to Dartanyan's versatile, danceable and often thought-provoking sounds of the period.

Through Jeff Todd Productions they opened for such luminaries as country-rocker Kenny Loggins, jazz sage Ben Sidran, blues legend Luther Allison and smooth jazz pioneer Grover Washington, Jr. (who sat in with Dartanyan). Brown moved to the San Francisco area in 1988 to pursue his love of electronic music and sound design. A passionate educator, he has worked in k-12 and university education for over 30 years as an Artist-in-Residence. He returned to Des Moines Iowa in 2013 and expects to return to the stage in 2017 to celebrate 50 years of making great music.

http://www.dartanyan.com for more information


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Dartanyan 11/24/16
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