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Jan 2023 gigs-at-a-glance
Jan-02 to Jan-05: Browntasauras Records meetings / recordings / teaching in Brooklyn, NY
Jan-08 to Jan-22: Full performances & guest appearances in Honolulu, Hawaii
Thr-Jan-12, 05pm: JAZZ VESPERS w/ Reggie Padilla (See the video!) @ St Peter's Espiscopal Church, Honolulu
Thr-Jan-12, 09pm: The WORKOUT @ WorkPlay (hip-hop), Honolulu
Fri-Jan-13, 06pm: The VIBE w/ Dae Han @ HiSam Hawaii State Art Museum (modern-jazz), Honolulu
Tue-Jan-17, 08pm: Masterclassw/ PONO-5 @ Studio 909  (modern-jazz), Honolulu
Wed-Jan-18, 07pm: PONO-5 @ Studio 909  (modern-jazz), Honolulu -- livestreamed on Facebook live!
Thr-Jan-19, 07pm: The WORKOUT @ WorkPlay(hip-hop), Honolulu
Fri-Jan-20, 07pm: Private lessons@ Aqua Aloha Surf hotel, Honolulu.$50/hr
Sat-Jan-21, 06pm: Private Party@ (not open to the public), Honolulu


We now in, what I hope is, the tail end of the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Beginning in March of 2020, all live Entertainment was cancelled or postponed, globally.  We are now finally, slowly, starting to see a return to live music (as evidenced above) and we are cautiously starting to again congreate in music-loving groups.  Since the pandemic began, this has reduced the incomes of performers -- whose singular incomes are derived from performance -- to zero.  That includes myself, all my Browntasauras Records collegues and every professional musician I know, with the great tragedy being the 10,000 hours we've put into our craft: had no live outlet.  But now that it does again -- please consider coming out and again supporting live music.  But I hope everyone's staying healthy & safe -- and we see a return to some semblence of normalcy soon.  For now, I'm deep in the practise shed and writing many new tunes, I can't wait to share with you all, once this is over.   Until then.  - Brown

In-house recording now setup.
Book Brownman for your next recording, remotely!
email andrew@brownman.com for more info

Q: What's coming up for recordings?
A: Several Browntasauras Records recording projects are in various stages of completion.  The newest, most exciting news is that Browntasauras is now signing other bands that feature Brownman, for which he is NOT a leader.  Browntasauras Records was originally created to give Brown's own multitude of groups a single, unified home for his musical output, BUT we've now expanded the label's visions to include ensembles who feature him on their recordings.  All these ensembles are world-class outfits and we're honored to have them on the label!
- Andrew Nicholson, label manager

Here's what's coming up or was released on Browntasauras Records for non-Brownman led groups :
-- Nick Maclean Quartet (led pianist Nick Maclean & produced by Brown, NMQ working to release their 2nd disc in Aug, 2023)
-- Nick Maclean Solo Piano Double-CD (pianist Nick Maclean's solo piano 2-CD recording, produced by Brown, released Oct, 2021)
-- Monik Macias (Mexican Latin singer, produced by Brown, released her new Latin-jazz single in Sept, 2021)
-- Nick Maclean Quartet (led pianist Nick Maclean & produced by Brown, NMQ released their debut disc in Oct, 2017)
-- Snaggle (led pianist Nick Maclean & produced by Brown, Snaggle released their new disc in Oct, 2016)
-- Modus Factor (led by drummer Chris Lesso & produced by Brown, Modus released their new disc in Oct, 2016)
-- Socialist Night School (led by big band composing sensation Chelsea McBride, the Socialists released their new disc in Jan, 2017)
-- Robert Ball (led by neo-soul singer Robert Ball from New York, Brown has been the Musical Director for Rob's new project)
-- Jason Wilson & Division One (led by pianist/vocalist Jason Wilson, this is his latest reggae-jazz project)

Here's what coming up from groups Brownman leads :
-- Brownman Electryc Trio GRAVITATION continues to do well and garner awards!  Find it on iTunes & Spotify
-- 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)
-- Brownman Electryc Trio 3rd disc (tracking to begin work in 2021)

Check out noted music blogger Terry Pender's fantastic article on Browntasauras Records
Browntasauras Records: as eclectic as the founder on New City Notes



Brown is focused heavily
on recording sessions:
He was, or is laying tracks or producing
in studios with the following artists:
Nick Maclean Quartet (modern jazz)
Nick Maclean - solo piano (jazz solo piano)
Snaggle (jazz-funk)
Fresh Kils (hip-hop)
Modus Factor (electro-ambient)
John Cheesman Jazz Orchestra (big band)
Robert Ball (neo-soul)
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)

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) :

CDs all available at
includes links to 
Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music & YouTube Music

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 
&ldquo;Distinguished Nationals of
Trinidad and Tobago in Canada&rdquo;
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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