PRESS RELEASE - TORONTO
In Dec 2010, while on tour in upstate New York, Brownman's car was tragically stolen in Buffalo. This jazz trumpet player's losses total close to $10,000.
In response, the Toronto music community has come together to throw a benefit for Brownman to try and offset the cost of a replacement car.
On Sun-Feb-27, 2011, a night of varying and vibrant music will ensue featuring some of the most acclaimed and in demand artists in Toronto taking the stage this night from assorted genres he's worked in over the years from jazz to hiphop to latin to electronica, all coming out in support of Brownman's stolen ride (Brownman himself will guest with all the artists).
It will be a music party you won't want to miss, with all proceeds going to helping him offset his losses.
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All proceeds to Brownman's new car fund
Sun-Feb-27 ( 2011),
Big love everyone.
There was a policie crusier at the bottom of the street and I ran over and knocked on the window to tell the officer I thought my car might have been stolen. He looked at me, shook his head sadly and wagged his thumb over his shoulder saying "sorry kid, you'll have to get in line. This lady also just had her car stolen". I looked past him into the back seat and there was a girl there crying her eyes out. Apparently I wasn't the only one.
Over the course of the next hour and a half (how long it took for him to radio in to check all the tow-lots, and then fill out a police report) I learned that it was most likely a Puerto Rican car theft ring operating on the west side of Buffalo. Apparently they love Hondas, as they're easy to chop up. As he's telling me this, my heart continuing to sink, and any hope of seeing my car or my gear again fading, I ask "um... is there ANY chance maybe someone's just out joyriding and you'll find it again?". He cop, still looking at his police report says to me, "sure we'll find it... in 3 weeks... in a field... on fire. Sorry kid. Your car's in the wind. Those Puerto Ricans will chop it up and likely burn the body because it's a Canadian VIN number."
Over the next day Culter put me up, and drove me all over the city calling every seedy underground connection he had to try find the car. He figured we had about 24 hours before they started chopping it up, and maaaaybe his more illicit connections could help track it down. We tried. But as the sun started to set on that day and I realized that all I had left was the clothes on my back and my horn, I started to total what I'd lost. The total loses including the car itself & the contents - which included a suitcase full of equipment - totaled close to $10,000. Ouch.
The next day Culter, refusing to just stick me on a bus, drove me back to Toronto. I can't thank him enough for being there from the start, hosting me, hauling me around... we went to Walgreens so I could buy a toothbrush and razer, and he got as little sleep as I did over the course of that tramautic weekend. Thank you Cut, my brother. And a huge thank you to the citizens of Buffalo (Seamus Gallivan, DJ Culter and Brian Herlihy in particular) for organizing a Buffalo fundraiser too. I am consistently moved and amazed by everyone's graciousness and generosity in the face of such selfish acts. Thank you everyone.
Read the TheGoodNeighbourhood.com article.
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BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO
Brownman Ali - electric trumpet | Tyler Emond - electric bass | Chris Lamont - drums
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| Brownman Electryc Trio | Browntasauras Records |
Fri-Mar-11: Toronto,ON @ Trane Studio w/ guests Magnum K.I.
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