|Nick “Brownman” Ali &
Stich Wynston asked to represent
Canada at 2005 Havana Jazz Festival!
Sun Nov 20 at Toronto’s Lula Lounge
with Nick “BROWNMAN” Ali & CRUZAO
and Stich Wynston’s TIGHTROPE feat. Brownman & Marcus Ali
Event website: havana05.brownman.com
Two of Canada’s most visionary jazz musicians – multiple award-winning trumpet player Nick “Brownman” Ali and distinguished drummer Stich Wynston of the SHUFFLE DEMONS – have been asked to represent Canada at the 2005 Havana Jazz Festival in December. On Sunday, November 20th, these Canadian jazz ambassadors will be hosting a fundraiser concert & party at Toronto’s Lula Lounge. The night will feature: both CRUZAO & TIGHTROPE; cheap drinks thanks to the generous sponsorship of Havana Club, Cristal Beer and Lula itself; and a raffle for great prizes such as a beautiful commemorative posters & a 10-CD “Brown’s picks” box set. All proceeds go towards funding Canada's proud answer to Havana's call."
This year’s fundraiser has a new dimension as well, with opportunities that need substantial money in order to come to fruition awaiting Brownman at festivals throughout South & Central America after he finishes once again taking Havana by storm (featured soloist 2002, 2003, 2004). Cubana Airlines has graciously sponsored these worthy Canadian musicians’ return airfare to Cuba, the first vital piece of this puzzle. A successful fundraiser would mean a great deal to look forward to for Canadian Latin-jazz fans in terms of recordings to enjoy, increased prestige for this country’s Latin-jazz community, and much more.
Providing a truly phenomenal evening of music and the impetus for fans to support this groundbreaking ambassadorship will be Brownman’s signature Latin-jazz ensemble CRUZAO; and TIGHTROPE, led by Stich Wynston and DNA-enhanced by the horn combo of Brownman and Marcus Ali. Both of these outstanding bands will be gracing the stage in Havana along with Cuban sidemen; CRUZAO HAVANA will feature an all-Cuban rhythm section and an important goal of this fundraiser is make it possible to pay these worthy Cuban artists a fair wage.
Nick “Brownman” Ali & CRUZAO Justin Time Recording Artist
CRUZAO is Canada's preeminent Latin-jazz-urban
ensemble, distinguished by Latinjazznet.com as the “finest Latin-jazz group
Canada has ever produced.” Led the by the highly decorated Trinidadian-born,
NYC-schooled (under the legendary Randy Brecker) and multi award-winning
Canadian trumpet icon Nick "The Brownman" Ali, this unique chordless Latin-jazz
quintet fuses authentic Latin rhythms, jazz harmonies and
ideologies; electrifying audiences with Brownman's hard-hitting compositions
and virtuostic solos by Canada’s finest Latin-jazz musicians. Brownman
& CRUZAO are currently signed to the prestigious Justin Time Records
jazz label. When not fronting CRUZAO he tirelessly leads 6 other
groups of his own, has appeared on just under 150 CDs as a sideman and
is a much in demand session musician for SONY and UNIVERSAL recording studios.
He is currently considered to be one of Canada's most respected and acclaimed
jazz artists. Please visit brownman.com
for more on this artist.
See the LIVE MUSIC
REPORT interview: "A
Post Havana Conversation"
Stich Wynston & TIGHTROPE TCB Music Recording Artist
TIGHTROPE is the brainchild of Stich Wynston, iconic drummer for award-winning Canadian jazz-funk legends: the SHUFFLE DEMONS and collaborator with among many others: Mike Murley, Jane Siberry, Tom Cochrane, Alex Lifeson of RUSH and Big Sugar. Wynston is a multiple winner of CASBYS and Toronto Jazz Awards, and has appeared on many Juno-nominated albums. He also currently leads longtime friends Mike Murley, Jim Vivian and Geoff Young in his MODERN SURFACES quartet. As the name suggests, TIGHTROPE is dedicated to walking those fine and often precarious lines of risk that defines the best of improvisational jazz – a spirit also embodied to the highest level of musicianship by Brownman and Marcus Ali. Please visit StichWynston.com for more on this artist.
Thank you for the generous support of our sponsors:
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