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Dec 2014 gigs-at-a-glance
Fri-Dec-05, 08pm: Chelsea McBride's SOCIALIST NIGHT SCHOOL @ Gallery 345, Toronto $10 
Sat-Dec-06, 09pm: ORI DAGAN QUINTET feat. Brownman @ May Cafe, Toronto $15 / $10 
Fri-Dec-12, 09pm: Critt's ORGANIC JAMES BROWN Tribute Series @ DBGB's, Buffalo  $10
Mon-Dec-15, 09pm: JOHN CHEESMAN JAZZ ORCH @ The Rex, Toronto $9 
Thr-Dec-18, 09pm: OGGUERE & CUARTETO RUMBEROS @ La Vitrola, Montreal $10 
Fri-Dec-19, 09pm: TYPE RELEVANT X-MAS Concert feat. SHUTEYES @ Mohawk Place, Buffalo  $7 
Sat-Dec-20, 09pm: BROWNMAN AKOUSTIC TRIO X-MAS Concert @ Gate 403, Toronto  $PWYC
Sun-Dec-21, 08pm: MUSIDEUM X-MAS PARTY feat. Brownman @ Musideum, Toronto $FREE!  
Wed-Dec-31, 08pm: NEW YORK to NEW ORLEANS NEW YEARS EVE PARTY @ Melodia, Burlington 
..................Ring in the New Year at Melodia with a party featuring flavors from the 2 hotbeds of Jazz - 
..................NEW YORK & NEW ORLEANS!  New York City Jazz-Funk from award-winning trumpeter
..................BROWNMAN collides with an incredible New Orleans menu and Mardi Gras style dance party!
..................Tickets & Menu -- www.MelodiaNYE.BrownPaperTickets.com 
A live modern NYC jazz-funk dance party featuring National Jazz Award winning NYC schooled trumpet player BROWNMAN, just back in Toronto from touring with Jay-Z! They'll start with Bird, Miles, Coltrane and then ease their way to the more funkified grooves of Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, and late electric Miles (9pm).  During dinner (6-9pm), the classic NYC jazz sounds from Divine MizA will take your through tunes from Billie to Ella and more!

An incredible 4-course New Orleans authentic menu (see below), the Voodoo Lounge downstairs features music from New Orleans Golden Age of Jazz (Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller...) & a Mardi Gras style party!

Dress up as a dapper New Yorker, Mad Men style or come in a Mardi Gras costume if you like! Party favors, beads, costume prizes and midnight dessert buffet.  Toast & celebrations at midnight! DJ ADU spinning the best of NYC and New Orleans music all night long between live music sets!

$ 49 - advanced ($ 69 - at the door)

$ 99 - advanced ($120 - at the door)

UPSTAIRS: New York City Jazz-Funk room
9pm-1am : Jazz-Funk party feat. BROWNMAN ELECTRYC QUARTET playing New York City swing early in the night (Miles, Coltrane, Monk, Duke) and easing their way to more electric Jazz-Funk classics from Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, electric-era Miles Davis and more.  DJ ADU spinning tunes between sets.

MAIN FLOOR: New Orleans Mardi Gras room
6pm-9pm : During dinner -- "Lady Sings The Blues" feat. Divine MizA, tributing classic NYC jazz vocalists (Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and others).

DOWNSTAIRS: Voodoo Jazz Lounge
6pm-2am : Chill at the staffed bar in the Voodoo Lounge downstairs, which will play recordings of the Golden Age of Jazz classics (Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong & the Hot Fives, Fats Waller).

An incredible 4-Course meal featuring authentic New Orleans dishes.  (see MENU on ticketing page)

-- Midnight Dessert Buffet
-- Party Favors
-- New Year's Eve Toast at Midnight
-- Beads & Costume Prizes

Q: What's coming up for recordings?
A: Brown's schedule will be light for the next few months, affording him the opportunity to focus on Browntasauras Records recording projects, specifically -->

-- Brownman Electryc Trio new disc GRAVITATION released!  Find it on iTunes & CDBaby
-- Cruzao 2nd disc (tracking 1/3 done)
-- Cruzao Grupo Monstruoso debut disc (live recording made, need funding to mix)
-- Arecibo debut disc (live tracking done, now in mixing)
-- Akoustic Trio debut disc (tracking 1/2 done)
-- Omega Men debut disc (tracking to begin in Oct)
-- Marron Matizado debut disc (pre-production begins Nov)
-- Gruvasylum 2nd disc (tracking to begin in Dec)



Brown is focused heavily
on recording sessions:
He was, or is laying tracks in
studios with the following artists:
Omega Men (hip-hop)
Game, Set, Trap (hip-hop)
Nelly Furtado (pop)
Brownman Akoustic Trio (jazz)
Arecibo (latin-jazz)
Jason Wilson (progressive reggae)
CRUZAO (latin-jazz-urbania)
Stephen King (indie-pop, 
and not the guy who wrote Carrie)
Shifty (hip-hop)
Shyann (neo-soul)
Strange Attractors (modern jazz)
Chiva (Colombian latin-jazz)
Josh Goodman (jazz)
Gerardo Brizuela (Latin house / electronica)
Trey Mills (singer/songwriter)
Rex Mann (folk)
Sheldon Barkley (Calypso)
Fernando Maar (jazz-rock)
Tia Brazda (singer/songwriter)
Jued (hip-hop)
John Eccelston (singer/songwriter)
Professor D (hip-hop)
Third Word (hip-hop)
Rikoshay (hip-hop)

On Apr 19th, 2010 Keith "Guru" Elam died after a long battle with cancer.  Since 2006, Brownman has been touring as the featured soloist with Guru's Jazzmatazz, and appeared on Jazzmatazz Vol. 4

Visit the Guru & Brownman memorial page:

Guru & Brownman
- a brief history -

Guru and Brownman - Belgium

2006 ended for Brownman with the explosive "Jazz By Genre" presentation of legendary rapper of Jazzmatazz and Gangstarr fame - GURU, held in Toronto's revered Mod Club.  This could have been just another 'backing band for out-of-town act' session for the often called Trinidadian trumpeter, but the chemistry between Brown and Guru was evident even back then on their first meeting.  During that show Guru would push him out of his regular horn position to the front of the stage to solo while the hip-hop legend held a mic in front of his horn's bell.  This single performance would lead to a phone call from Guru's team a month later asking Brown if he was available to make an appearance on the upcoming 2007 release of 'Jazzmatazz Vol. 4', replacing the luminious Donald Byrd as the featured trumpet soloist.  Brown, accepting immediately, would write a special horn arrangement of "Universal Struggle" and solo throughout the tune.  In early Feb '07 he was again contacted by Guru's people, impressed by Brown's work on the track, to ask him to tour America for the release of JAZZMATAZZ VOL. 4.

Brownman soloing hard - Portugal (photo: Alexandre Vaz)

Since then Brownman has been touring the world as the featured soloist with GURU's JAZZMATAZZ as they brought their unique breed of jazz-hip-hop through The United States, Europe, Japan & South America. 

See extensive YouTube archive of tour footage.

In Jan 2010, Both Brownman & DJ DooWop left Jazzmatazz together, their exit precipitated by the often reported meglomaniacal ways of Solar - Guru's producer. Guru had, over time, had slowly given up control of all affairs to Solar who, in turn, continued to abuse and manipulate the entire team, from Guru himself through the organization's entire infra-structure.

On Apr 19th, 2010 Keith "Guru" Elam died after a long battle with cancer.

For more on the fiasco behind Solar's dominance over Guru visit :  FuckSolar.com - a fan driven website dedicated to documenting Solar's downfall.

See Brownman's unabridged 3000 word interview with the Boston Phoenix, reprinted with permission by FuckSolar.com, where he details all he saw while with Jazzmatazz.

Guru and Brownman - Brazil

(by publicist Andrew Nicholson) :

NEW CD released!
GRAVITATION is now available
on iTunes & CDBaby

Please grab a copy at
After 4 years of being nominated, the
Music Award for 2012 Best Jazz Artist of the Year

Official Brownman t-shirts have just arrived and are available at all live shows (or email andrew@brownman.com to order by mail).  Sizes are XL, L, M, S. Limited quantities per size.  $20 each.  Kittens, rappers and girls not included.
[ Thanks to additional poses from singer Irene Torres (from the Sugar Devils), monster rapper Mad Dukez from Gruvasylum and Kiwi-3 ]

Resonancity.com names Brownman
2012 Artist To Watch
The SUGAR DEVILS win the 2012 
Toronto Blues Society Talent Search
for 2012 Blues Band of the Year
Brownman receives a distinguished citation
from the Consulate General for the Republic 
of Trinidad & Tobago, which includes appearing in 
the High Commission and Consulate General
50th Independence Anniversary publication 
“Distinguished Nationals of 
Trinidad and Tobago in Canada”
Brownman included in noted UK
photographer's new book.
Kingsley Davis, an acclaimed UK music photographer,
has a new book out called FLIP THE SCRIPT 
BY KINGSLEY DAVIS, which documents luminous 
urban music acts on stage in the UK over the 
years, shot through Kingsley's lens. Featured 
artists include Pharell Williams, KRS-One, 
Q-tip, Omar, Flying Lotus, John Legend, 
Ms Dyamite, DJ Doowop, Guru... and Brownman!
BRAVO! channel documentary on Brownman now on Vimeo
"The Life & Times of Brown" -- In 2007 the BRAVO! channel, in conjunction with Leda Serene Films aired this 1/2 hour documentary on the life of award-winning Trinidadian born jazz trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI -- now available for free viewing in it's entirity on Vimeo.  It is an insightful and in-depth look at one of the most acclaimed jazz artists in the nation, diving deeply into his personal history, growing up in a racial charged environment, his time in New York City with Randy Brecker & clearly illustrating why he is now widely considered a vanguard for the evolution of jazz in Canada. EDITOR'S NOTE: This documentary was filmed in 2006 just *before* he was asked to join the legendary GURU's JAZZMATAZZ, replacing Donald Byrd in that seminal jazz-hip-hop group, and is thus a fascinating look at his pre-Jazzmatazz career.
On Nov 22nd, 2010 Brownman Ali was inducted into the WHOS WHO IN BLACK CANADA - the famous comprehensive national biographical directory & website of outstanding Black-Canadian achievers - alongside jazz legend Oliver Jones and former Governor General Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean.  This rather impressive look at this life, includes an interview, and embedded video from the BRAVO! Channel documentary on his life entitled "the life and times of Brown":
Artvoice magazine nominates
2010 Jazz Act of the Year
Brownman nonimated for a 2010
Toronto Independant Music Award w/ the
2010 Toronto Jazz Group of the Year
Brownman named
2009 Favourite Touring Soloist
(w/ Jazzmatazz) 
by London, UK's Jazz After Dark 
Brownman nonimated for a 2008
Toronto Independant Music Award w/ the
2008 Toronto Jazz Group of the Year
Brownman nonimated for a 2008
National Jazz Award w/ the
2008 Electric Jazz Group of the Year
(the group won in this category last year)
Brownman named Toronto's
NOW Magazine's
2007 Toronto Jazz Trumpeter of the Year
Featured cover story for the Oct/Nov 2007 issue
of CODA magazine, Canada's most acclaimed
jazz publication since 1958. 

Read the whole article
here (2.3meg PDF file)
After being nominated in 5 categories at the 2007 Canadian National Jazz Awards, the BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO was honoured to have been awarded the 2007 National Jazz Award for Electric Jazz Group of the Year.  Thanks to all that voted!
Brownman was nominated for :
- Canadian National Jazz Composer of the Year
- Canadian National Jazz Musician of the Year
- Canadian National Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
- Canadian National Latin-jazz Artist of the Year
- Canadian National Electric Group of the Year
    (w/ Brownman Electryc Trio)

Brownman asked to tour with legendary NYC hip-hop rapper Guru(of Gangstarr and Jazzmatazz fame).  After replacing the unavailable Roy Hargrove on Guru's Jazzmatazz Vol. 4 recording session (hits the store in June), Brownman was asked to tour America.  He departs June 9th for Zurich, Switzerland for 3 days of rehearsals before embarking on a blistering tour European tour before the U.S.A. tour dates being July 15.  Check out the tour dates:
Brownman was nominated for a 2006 Canadian National Jazz Award for "Latin-jazz Artist of the Year". The prize was awarded to the luminous and deserving Hilario Duran, but we at Brownman Music Inc. would like to thank all those who voted for this dynamic performer!
Shortly after returning from the last South American tour in Jan '06, the BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO began a new jazz residency at Buffalo's ultra hip Allen St. Hardware Cafe... this residency will continue through summer and all of upstate NY is invited to join the party!
No longer able to deny the undeniable - Brownman Music now has a MySpace.com page. There are 4 tunes and some video from CRUZAO is currently loaded (though they will be on weekly rotation), pics, and a ton more.  Feel free to drop in and make Brown your MySpace friend.
The AUDIO/VIDEO section at Brownman.com now has new audio up - as well as a 2 minute movie trailer from film maker Vitold Vidic's Documentary "CRUZAO: The Movie" which first aired at the 2005 Toronto film festival and documents the trials and tribulations of Brownman's struggle to get CRUZAO GRUPO MONSTRUOSO - the 15-man version of CRUZAO - prepped for it's inaugural performance at the 2004 Distillery Jazz Festival with the clocking ticking down and problems mounting. http://Brownman.com/pages-AudVid.htm  (Under VIDEO)
Brownman recently appointed to the Prague Jazz Open Festival's Board of Artistic Directors where his knowledge and expertise will aid in shaping the vision of the festival's 2006/2007 programming.
Brownman toured ARGENTINA for 3 weeks - beginning with the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival and includes feature concert presentations with some of Argentina's finest jazz and tango artists!  May 21 to June 15 2006 - arriving back in Toronto just in time to perform 8 times for the Toronto Jazz Festival.  More Argentine info as it comes in...
Collaborations seems to be the name of the game in 2006 and we'd like to mention some of those fantastic groups that have featured Brown in recent months: IRAKERE, CHISPA Y LOS COMPLICES, TUMBAO INC., DUB TRINITY, KUSH, FERTILE GROUND, SOULIVE, KOBOTOWN, KELLY LEE EVANS, MR. SOMETHING SOMETHING, METHODOLOGY, JAH-B, MAPALE, CHIVA, RITA DI GHENT & The SPRAWL PROJECT, AVE RD. & CESCO. All are world-class ensembles and we encourage those reading this to put their names into Google and check out their artistry.

(by publicist Andrew McIntosh) :
Brownman voted Toronto's 2005 BEST JAZZ ARTIST by NOW Magazine:


Errol Nazereth's feature article on FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES:

ALI BROS "mythological" Canada Day performance:

Interview with View Magazine (in depth)


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