Brownman's Gig Schedule by Month
2011 ELECTRYC TRIO - Canada, Mar/Apr
2009 GURU - Europe, Nov
2009 GURU - Europe, Jul
2009 GURU - Europe, Mar
2009 GURU - USA, Jan
2008 GURU - Europe, May
2008 GURU - Japan, Apr
2008 GURU - UK, Mar
2007 GURU - USA & Europe
2004 TABARRUK - Canada
2002 CRUZAO - Canada
2001 Tour Schedule
2000 Tour Schedule
1999 Tour Schedule
Official "ELECTRYC TRIO" Website
The award-winning electric trio
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Official "CRUZAO" Website
The 5-piece multi-award-winning
chordless Latin-Jazz-Urban unit
"SHADES OF BROWN"
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Official "GRUVASYLUM" Website
The 5-piece Jazz-hip-hop madness
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Official "BROWNMAN AKOUSTIC QUARTET" Website
The Jazz Quartet
Official "MARRÓN MATIZADO" Website
The 10-piece Salsa band
Official "CRUZAO GRUPO
The 15-man Latin-jazz Urban Orchestra
Kind and Gracious Words
Why people call him "Brownman"
The 5th Annual 25th
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McLaren, host of "THE
JAZZ JOURNEY" on CHRY radio writes:
"Born on the
small Caribbean island of Trinidad,
schooled in New York and now based in Toronto, Brownman is one of the most
in demand, young jazz studio trumpet players in Canada today. At the
age of 25, he is also an accomplished composer/arranger and the recipient of
2002 Canadian National Jazz Award (NJA) for "Jazz
Composer of the Year", also clocking in as
first runner-up for "Jazz Trumpet Player of
the Year"; his highly acclaimed latin-jazz group CRUZAO
was also nominated at the NJAs in 2002, 2003 & 2004 for "Electric
Jazz Group of the Year". 2001 saw him
win the coveted Montreal Jazz Festival's
"General Motors Grand Prix Du Jazz Award" which led to his being signed to the prestigious
Justin Time Records label.
He was also the recipient of the 2001 CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award". 2004 would bring
CRUZAO a nomination at the Canadian Independant Music Awards for
"Alternative Latin Artist of the Year"
and his 10-man salsa outit - MARRÓN MATIZADO - would be honoured with the Silver Medal by SalsaSPOT.com for
"Toronto's Favourite Salsa Band".
Brownman is one of the first
calls for not only jazz and urban recording sessions (having affiliations at both SONY & UNIVERSAL Recording Studios), but also appears in the horn
sections of countless latin groups. His recording credits sit at
just under 200 CDs (many nominated for Junos) and he is currently
composing and arranging actively for 6 groups of his own, all of which have
gained critical acclaim in their own diverse idioms - the multi-award-winning
latin-jazz unit CRUZAO,
mainstream NYC style hard-swinging trio & quartet The BROWNMAN AKOUSTIC TRIO / QUARTET / QUINTET
respectively, the eclectic and electrified modern improvising
trio in the spirit Miles Davis' electric period BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO,
the 10-piece Salsa powerhouse MARRÓN MATIZADO,
and the 15-man latin-jazz-urban orchestra CRUZAO GRUPO MONSTRUOSO.
Testimony to his extreme versatility, his just over 300 CD studio recording
credits are in styles ranging from Be-bop to Acid-jazz to Hip-hop to Brazilian
Samba to Cuban Salsa as well as performing on a number of major motion
picture soundtracks, music videos and live television broadcasts.
His sound has been called Freddie Hubbard meets
Randy Brecker & Clifford Brown
with hints of Woody
Shaw and is quickly becoming familiar to jazz, latin & urban music
fans in Toronto and across the country as recordings he's appeared
on spread. His movie credits also include a cameo appearance
in the Jennifer Lopez movie "Angel Eyes"
and the 2002 CBC pilot "In A Jam"
Amongst a long list of mentors, Brownman has studied (and performed) with multi-Grammy-winning recording legend
Randy Brecker (of The Brecker Brothers)
in New York City, Brazilian samba master Claudio
Roditi, Canadian flugelhorn great Guido
Basso and with British jazz icon Kenny Wheeler
while attending the prestigious
Center For The Arts 1995 International Jazz Workshop (one of only 3
trumpet players selected from world-wide auditions).
Brownman has performed (or recorded) with the likes of John
Hugh Fraser, Norman Marshall Villeneuve,
Kirk Macdonald, Pat Labarbera,
Rita Di Ghent,
The Philosopher Kings,
John Blackwell (drummer for Prince),
GURU (of Gangstarr fame),
DJ Kool Herc,
Big Daddy Kane,
Divine Earth Essence,
The Pocket Dwellers,
Jason Wilson & Tabarruk,
Chucho Valdes & Irakere,
Dominicanada, Maninho Costa,
Banda Bella, Energia Latina, Bestial,
Cimarron, Macondo, Pacande, Dominicanada
& far too many more to list here.
As both sideman and leader, this fiery young musician has played every major Jazz Festival
and Latin venue in Canada, touring both this country and the U.S. extensively,
has represented Canada at the Havana Jazz Festival, Cuba multiple times and is quickly becoming
a known and sought after entity in Europe.
One of the hottest names in Canada today. Watch for him!"
host of "THE JAZZ JOURNEY",
CHRY radio (105.5FM)
One of the next voices in the new generation of jazz improvisors"
- Randy Brecker, multi-Grammy winning jazz trumpet legend
Remarkable writing and burning energy coming out of this young trumpet player"
- John Scofield, multi-Grammy winning jazz guitar icon
... a truly gifted improviser with an original creative voice..."
- Gary Bartz, saxophonist with Miles Davis
... uniquely creative and fearless - like a young Miles Davis"
- Guru, legendary hip-hop icon from Gangstarr/Jazzmatazz fame
Energy is never in short supply in Brownman Ali's world. This Toronto/Trinidadian trumpeter loves skipping from style to style almost as much as he digs mixing it up with the jazz elite"
- NOW magazine, Toronto (cover story)
Canada's preeminent jazz trumpeter"
- Village Voice, New York City
... a warm, personable soloist displaying an engaging mix or quirks
- Mark Miller, Globe and Mail
Brownman... Ali... Marrón... this dynamic young trumpet player has
as many names as he has skills"
Picante Xpress Latin Magazine
... deliciously quirky & invigorating... CRUZAO seethes with energy, particularly
showing off the skills of trumpeter Ali and his brother Marcus on alto
- Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star
Brownman & CRUZAO... the finest latin-jazz group Canada's ever produced"
breaks down the boundaries between latin, jazz and funk in the most innovative
way I've seen yet"
- New York University faculty member and Latin-jazz icon Memo Acevedo
Brownman currently leads and actively
composes for 6 unique ensembles :
5-piece multi-award winning chordless LATIN-JAZZ-URBAN unit
featuring Brown's original compositions in a Brazilian & Cuban vein.
Visit the CRUZAO website or Listen to MP3
CRUZAO GRUPO MONSTRUOSO
15-man large ensemble version of CRUZAO featuring 6 jazz horns, 3 latin percussionists
2 funk bassists, 2 latin vocalists & 2 of Canada's finest freestyle rappers. A one-of-a-kind big band.
Visit the MONSTER website
Electric and eclectic, this highly energized Miles Davis inspired trio
embodies modern improvising jazz ideology fused with modern urban soundscapes.
Visit the ELECTRYC TRIO website
AKOUSTIC QUARTET / TRIO
The classic JAZZ trumpet quartet/trio - horn, bass, drums (+ piano).
Originals and standards.
Visit the BAQ website
10-piece SALSA powerhouse. Hard hitting modern salsa with elements of funk, hip-hop & jazz.
Visit the MATIZADO website
Jazz-funk/hip-hop unit featuring MC Enlight (rapper) interpreting original lyrics
from jazz standards in a hip-hop context - rapper, horn, keyboards, bass, drums.
Visit the GRUVASYLUM website
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