brownman electryc trio
May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Born on the small Caribbean island of Trinidad, schooled in New York City under Randy Brecker’s watchful eye and now heralded as “Canada’s preeminent jazz trumpeter” by New York City’s Village Voice magazine, the ever dynamic Brownman tirelessly leading no less than 7 highly respected ensembles of his own spanning genres from be-bop to hip-hop. He is best known for his work as the leader of Canada’s premiere latin-jazz ensemble CRUZAO (winners of the 2001 Montreal Jazz Fest’s “Grand Prix du Jazz award” & 5-time nominee at the National Jazz Awards for “Electric Group of the Year”) and his electrified Miles Davis’ influenced BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO (2 National Jazz Awards, an International Independent Music Award & 2 Toronto Independent Music awards are amongst the many awards & accolades the group has received). Despite the demands of leading 7 ensembles & international touring he is still one of the most called upon trumpet players in the studio scene; his long list of recording credits, more than 300 to date, make him “one of the most recorded trumpet players in Canadian history”, according to CBC Radio Canada. From 2006 to 2010, Brownman was the featured soloist with the legendary New York City jazz-hip-hop artist GURU (of Gangstarr fame) for his JAZZMATAZZ ensemble (replacing Donald Byrd in that group), catalyzing his appearing on the cover of CODA magazine, Canada’s most acclaimed jazz publication. In Dec 2009 Brownman would launch his own independent record label Browntasauras Records, with the BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO debut recording Juggernaut as it’s flagship release along with re-issues of his entire back-catalog from other groups he leads. The 2013 B.E.T. release of Gravitation went to #4 on the iTunes jazz charts in the USA. 2015 would see new artists being signed to the label, including Snaggle, Modus Factor & Jason Wilson’s Divison One.
Since returning to Canada from NYC, Brownman has been on the cutting edge of modern music in the nation for the last decade, winning multiple awards nationally, achieving international recognition while touring the globe, and is widely considered to be a vanguard for the evolution of jazz in Canada.
Brownman also holds a degree in physics, a minor in philosophy, writes the brass column for Canadian Musician Magazine and is an often called upon lecturer and clinician internationally on such topics as “advanced jazz harmony”, “hip-hop and the modern jazz improviser” & “latin rhythms for the jazz improviser”.
Brownman Ali – electric trumpet
Brad Cheeseman – 6-string electric bass [ BradCheeseman.com ]
Colin Kingsmore – drums / synth-kit [ ColinKingsmore.com ]