Brian Slawson has been critically acclaimed as a "musical original." While playing marimba on the streets of New York City to finance his scholarship studies at the Juilliard School, Brian was discovered by Mikie Harris, assistant to legendary Columbia Records producer and talent scout John Hammond. "Bach on Wood", Slawson's debut album on the CBS/Sony label, earned him a Grammy nomination for "Best New Classical Artist" and remained on the Billboard charts for over a year.
Slawson has since cut solo albums XClassics, Boomer, Bach Beat and Distant Drums, which features cameos by late blues great Stevie Ray Vaughan, jazz trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard and drummer Michael Shrieve of Santana fame.
Brian has performed with Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, John Cage, Robert Shaw and opera great Jessye Norman. Some of Brian's pop credits as drummer and percussionist include: Regis Philbin, Pat Benetar, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis, Bob Newhart, Marie Osmond, Savion Glover, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Michael Crawford, The Mamas And Papas, Xavier Cugat, Barbara Eden, Mary Wilson (Supremes) and Bond.
Slawson has punctuated jokes on stage for Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Reiser, Don Rickles, Bill Maher, David Brenner and Eddie Murphy. Brian's talents have been featured on "The Tonight Show," "Entertainment Tonight," "The CBS Morning News," and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." He has made national television appearances in Europe, South America and Japan. A veteran studio musician, Brian has performed on 200 + jingles (IBM, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, McDonald's) and various movie scores.
Brian Slawson has received Golden Reel, Addy and Tele awards ("Best Musical Score") for film scores and jingles produced for Century III at Universal Studios, Florida. His debut children's recording, "Boomer", is generating national attention and being developed for television. Music from Brian's new Xclassics cd is currently being slated to wake the astronauts on the upcoming NASA shuttle mission.
No wonder Lionel Hampton called Brian Slawson "One of the finest percussionists to come along in many years!"