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Two of Canada’s most visionary jazz musicians have been asked
to represent Canada at the 2005 Havana Jazz Festival this December '05
Justin Time Recording Artist
Nick "Brownman" Ali &
[ listen to"Knight Music"..]

Canada's premiere latin-jazz ensemble run by Canada's preeminent trumpeter
TCB Music Recording Artist
Stich Wynston's
[ listen to"Red Clay"..]

Legendary drummer for the Shuffle Demons' funkified ensemble
... but they need YOUR help!...
Sunday Nov 20, 2005 @ Lula Lounge
ALI Brothers in Havana...

-- See the Official Press Release --
Prefer a downloadable ready-to-print PDF file? (300kb PDF file - requires Acrobat Reader..)

hosted by Amanda Martinez of JAZZ FM
& noted latin promoter Teresa Ottens of Mateca Productions
1585 Dundas St. West, (2 blocks west of Dufferin), Toronto  416.588.0307
Lula map..click to see map..or..Google map
|  6:30pm doors  |  8:00pm show  |
$20 in support of Canadian jazz talent  |
1st set - TIGHTROPE, 2nd set - CRUZAO
Then one last tune with eeeeeeveryone from both bands
The night will feature:
both CRUZAO & TIGHTROPE performing
one set a piece;
cheap Cuban drinks
thanks to the generous sponsorship of Havana Club, Cristal Beer and Lula itself;
a raffle for great prizes
such as a beautiful commemorative posters & a 10-CD “Brown’s picks” box set.

ALL proceeds going towards funding Canada's proud answer to Havana's call.

This ain't just a fundraiser.
This is a PARTY!

proudly sponsored by

Please come out in support of Canada's own!

Want to come along?  Email Teresa Ottens of Mateca Productions.
Check out some of her packages (776kb JPG) to attend the festival!

by clicking here. Thanks to the great folks at

If you can't come to the gig, but want to support these fine
Canadian artistswith a donation - now you can - through TicketWeb.com
We all would so grateful for these donations as they embody the deepest
form of support for those who can't come to the show but still want show
us it means something to them that we've been asked to represent our
country at the Havana Jazz Fest.  It's a huge honour.
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.

A Chronology Detailing the evolution of Brownman & Cruzao's time in Havana
Brownman in Havana - a brief history
by Sebastian Cook
Excerpt: "This young multi-award winning trumpeter/composer dazzled Havana in 2002 when he was invited as an individual artist to perform as a special guest with a group comprised of IRAKERE and AFRO-CUBAN ALL-STAR members.  2003 would see him again perform with IRAKERE and further his relationships with other Cubans luminaries..."

See Live Music Report's "A Post Havana Conversation" interview shortly after his return from Cuba last year (2004):

Brownman photo by Steve Stober

Nick "Brownman" Ali & CRUZAO
Canada's award-winning latin-jazz-funk unit.  Led by the much in demand and highly decorated Trinidadian born, NYC-trained Toronto-based trumpet playing jazz icon Nick "Brownman" Ali, who himself has just over 150 CD recording credits as a side man and 2 highly acclaimed discs as a leader.  CRUZAO's hard hitting latin-jazz-urban sounds funkifies it's audiences with Brownman's original latin-funk compositions and high-energy virtuositic jazz soloists. The amalgamation of authentic latin rhythm, jazz harmony and modern funk groove, this group began it's career as a musical experiment for Brownman in the tonal qualities of latin music composed in a chordless setting (no piano, no guitar) and has flourished into one of the most decorated jazz ensembles in Canada.
BROWNMAN Awards & Distinctions
Nick Ali & CRUZAO
awarded the coveted 2001 Montreal Jazz Fest's "Grand Prix du Jazz" Award

Nick Ali & CRUZAO awarded the 2001 CBC Galaxie "Rising Star" Award
Nick Ali awarded 2002 National Jazz Award for "Composer Of The Year"
Nick Ali receives 2002 nominee for "Jazz Trumpet Player of the Year" at the NJAs
Nick Ali & CRUZAO receives 2002, 2003, 2004 nominations to CRUZAO for "Electric Jazz Group of the Year" at NJAs
Nick Ali & CRUZAO nominated for 2004 Canadian Independant Music Award for "Alternative Latin Group of the Year"
Nick Ali awarded the 2005 NOW Magazine Award for "Toronto's Best Jazz Artist"
Nick Ali & CRUZAO now signed to the prestigious Justin Time Records Jazz label

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TIGHTROPE is the brainchild of Stich Wynston, drummer for the award-winning 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.

For more on Stich please visit
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CRUZAO on Nov 20 will be

trumpet / flugelhorn / electric trumpet

Marcus Ali
alto / bass clarinet / flute

Luisito Orbegoso
congas / percussion 

Dane Wedderburn
7-string electric bass & loop station

Paul DeLong
drums / groove

TIGHTROPE on Nov 20 will be
Stich Wynston

drums / microphone / soundscapes

trumpet / flugelhorn / electric trumpet

Marcus Ali
alto / bass clarinet / flute

Dane Wedderburn
7-string electric bass 

Ross MacIntyre
6-string electric bass


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Seb Cook - publicist
ComPostion Arts
Representing Nick "Brownman" Ali & CRUZAO
Toronto, Canada

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