John Robert Brown, author of A Concise History of Jazz, plays the saxophone and clarinet, and contributes to several music publications, including Jazz Review, Classical Music and Libretto. A former editor of CASS Magazine, the journal of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain, John contributed a chapter on 'The Clarinet in Jazz' to The Cambridge Companion to the Clarinet. He is the author of A Concise Guide to Musical Terms, published by Mel Bay, and How to Play Saxophone, published by St Martin's Press. John is a Trustee of the Jazz Development Trust, an independent body founded by John Dankworth CBE in 1997 with the sole purpose of improving the position of jazz in Britain. After twenty-two years as a senior member of the teaching staff of Leeds College of Music, Britain's largest music conservatory, where he specialized in ensembles, harmony and jazz history, John Robert Brown is now the External Relations Consultant for the college. In this capacity he travels worldwide.