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December 2013 Bookings/Gig Schedule
(Pardon the format -- this is just a temp page and the schedule will return to it's regular look shortly)
Sun-Dec-01, 08pm: BROWNMAN's BIRTHDAY BASH! @ May Cafe CANCELLED due to recording
Dec-02 - Dec-06 : Recording sessions - NYC @ various studios in New York, NY
      Brownman will be in New York on a variety of recording sessions at multiple studios in the city.
Sat-Dec-07, 08pm: MODUS FACTOR @ Magic Oven, Toronto $10
      Acclaimed drummer Chris Lesso's MODUS FACTOR explores completely improvised electro-ambient sounds featuring
      Brownman - illegal sonic experiments, Chris Lesso - drumset & wavedrum, Ian De Souza - bass / effects 
      Facebook Event
Sun-Dec-08, 08pm: ROBERT BALL (vocalist from NYC!) @ Mây Cafe, Toronto $10
      Neo-jazz soul Robert Ball has become a rising star in the hottest New York music rooms, such as Nick Ashford and Valerie
      Simpson’s The Sugar Bar, Café Wha, the Village Underground and Harlem’s Billie’s Black.
      Facebook Event
Fri-Dec-13, 09pm: PATRICK HEWAN QUARTET feat. Brownman @ Poetry Jazz, Toronto $10
      An acclaimed younger star in the Toronto Jazz scene, Patrick Hewan is an adventurous modern piano player in the style of Bill Evans.
      “Patrick Hewan is an impressive pianist who’s not afraid to take the music in new and interesting directions.” – Ted Quinlan
Sat-Dec-14, 10pm: OGGUERE (Afro-Cuban jazz poet) @ Mây Cafe, Toronto $10 POSTPONED to Jan-25
      Because Ogguere's bass player's wife is being induced on Sat (their 2nd child - congratulations!), bassist Paco Luviano can not be there
      (and he's too integral to the band to replace) -- so the OGGUERE show is being postponed to Sat-Jan-25.
Sat-Dec-14, 10pm: BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO @ Mây Cafe, Toronto $10 (8pm: Zumzim opening)
      With the postponment of the OGGUERE show, Sat-Dec-14 @ May will instead feature the award-winning BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO
      -- National Jazz Award winners.  This special permutation feat. Marito Marques - drums, Dane Wedderburn - bass
Sun-Dec-15, 09pm: BROWNMAN AKOUSTIC TRIO @ Gate 403, Toronto $PWYC
      From Duke to Miles to Ella, this trio explores the great American Songbook.  Standards played non-standardishly.
      Featuring Brownman - trumpet, Mark Cashion - bass, Mike Kosowski - drums
Wed-Dec-18, 08pm: MODUS FACTOR @ Mây Cafe, Toronto $10
      Acclaimed drummer Chris Lesso's MODUS FACTOR explores completely improvised electro-ambient sounds featuring
      Brownman - illegal sonic experiments, Chris Lesso - drumset & wavedrum, Ian De Souza - bass / effects 
Thr-Dec-19, 08pm: PATRICK HEWAN QUARTET feat. Brownman @ Mây Cafe, Toronto $10
      An acclaimed younger star in the Toronto Jazz scene, Patrick Hewan is an adventurous modern piano player in the style of Bill Evans.
      “Patrick Hewan is an impressive pianist who’s not afraid to take the music in new and interesting directions.” – Ted Quinlan
Fri-Dec-20, 09pm: OMEGA MEN (Brownman + DJ Cutler) @ Blue Monk, Buffalo, New York $5
      DJ+Horn madness as Brownman joins forces with Western New York's own local legend DJ CUTLER (of Fat Beat Records fame)
      “OMEGA MEN -- the unique combination of Brownman and Cutler -- dangerous, daring, and best served in the dead of night"
Sat-Dec-21, 09pm: ALI BROS (feat. Marcus Ali & Brownman Ali) @ Mây Cafe, Toronto $10
      Their uncanny musical relationship enhanced by blood, Brownman and Marcus Ali together form an incredibly synergetic, almost telepathic
      bond making them one of the most called upon horn teams in the country. Hear them in their own deeply funkified urban-jazz ensemble.
Sun-Dec-22, 08pm: MUSIDEUM XMAS PARTY feat. BROWNMAN + 1 @ Musideum$20 / $10 students
      Featuring 5-time National Jazz award winner for piano player of the year - DAVE RESTIVO as this month's "+1"
      Now in it's 2nd year, the Musideum's BROWNMAN+1 Series  is a rare opportunity to see Brownman - best known for this
      bombastic trumpet approach - in a stripped down, intimate duo setting, each month featuring a different +1.
Fri-Dec-27, 08pm: BROWN-TALSKY 5 @ Gate 403, Toronto $PWYC
      Brownman joins forces with a new head-turning name on the jazz vocal scene - Jordana Talsky, playing unique cross-pollinations
      of jazz genres from jazz-funk to bossa to modern takes on classic standards.
Tue-Dec-31, 08pm: BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO @ The Monarch Tavern, Toronto $see below
      2014 NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH!  Ring in the new year with the Electryc Trio -- see below for full details!

Tue-Dec-31, 08pm: BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO @ The Monarch Tavern, Toronto (MAP)
To ring in the New Year, the award-winning BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO will funkify
Blue Note era classics to take us into 2014 (as well as a spattering of music from
their new "Gravitation" recording).  Expect to hear Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe
Island", Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower", and Wayne Shorter's "Speak No Evil" --
but all groove-interpreted in forward-visioned Electryc Trio style.
Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St., Toronto (416) 531-5833
:: Brownman Ali - electric trumpet www.Brownman.com
:: Brad Cheesman - 6-string electric bass  www.BradCheeseman.com
:: Max Senitt - drums  www.MaxSenitt.com
Buy Brownman Electryc Trio's GRAVITATION on iTunes
Show only:
$ 25 per single - early bird until Dec-22 
$ 40 per couple - early bird until Dec-22
$ 35 per single - until Dec-30
$ 60 per couple - until Dec-30
$ 40 per ticket after Dec-30

Buy online at www.yxprojekts.com
Limited tickets will be sold

Dinner will be available at the venue - call for info - (416) 531-5833

Dec-19 to Dec-22: Mây Cafe's 5-day HOLIDAY Jazz Fest
876 Dundas St. West, Toronto  |  www.MayToronto.com
5 different acclaimed groups will perform their usual repertoire, but also 2 holiday classics --
"Frosty the Snowman" and "Jingle Bells" - reworked in accordance to their own visions.
Watch this space for updates & announcements on who's playing!
Wed-Dec-18, 08pm: MODUS FACTOR @ Mây Cafe, Toronto $10
Thr-Dec-19, 08pm: PATRICK HEWAN QUARTET @ Mây Cafe, Toronto $10
Fri-Dec-20, 09pm: SAM DICKINSON TRIO @ Mây Cafe, Toronto $10
Sat-Dec-21, 09pm: ALI BROS (feat. Marcus Ali & Brownman Ali) @ Mây Cafe, Toronto $10
Sun-Dec-22, 08pm: TBA

Q: What's coming up for recordings?
A: Brown's schedule will be light for the next few months, affording him the opportunity to focus on Browntasauras Records recording projects, specifically -->

-- Brownman Electryc Trio new disc GRAVITATION released!  Find it on iTunes & CDBaby
-- Cruzao 2nd disc (tracking 1/3 done)
-- Cruzao Grupo Monstruoso debut disc (live recording made, need funding to mix)
-- Arecibo debut disc (live tracking done, now in mixing)
-- Akoustic Trio debut disc (tracking 1/2 done)
-- Omega Men debut disc (tracking to begin in Oct)
-- Marron Matizado debut disc (pre-production begins Nov)
-- Gruvasylum 2nd disc (tracking to begin in Dec)



Brown is focused heavily
on recording sessions:
He was, or is laying tracks in
studios with the following artists:
Nelly Furtado (pop)
Arecibo (latin-jazz)
Jason Wilson (progressive reggae)
CRUZAO (latin-jazz-urbania)
Shifty (hip-hop)
Shyann (neo-soul)
Strange Attractors (modern jazz)
Arecibo (latin-jazz)
Chiva (Colombian latin-jazz)
Josh Goodman (jazz)
Gerardo Brizuela (Latin house / electronica)
Trey Mills (singer/songwriter)
Rex Mann (folk)
Sheldon Barkley (Calypso)
Fernando Maar (jazz-rock)
Tia Brazda (singer/songwriter)
Jued (hip-hop)
John Eccelston (singer/songwriter)
Professor D (hip-hop)
Third Word (hip-hop)
Rikoshay (hip-hop)

On Apr 19th, 2010 Keith "Guru" Elam died after a long battle with cancer.  Since 2006, Brownman has been touring as the featured soloist with Guru's Jazzmatazz, and appeared on Jazzmatazz Vol. 4

Visit the Guru & Brownman memorial page:

Guru & Brownman
- a brief history -

Guru and Brownman - Belgium

2006 ended for Brownman with the explosive "Jazz By Genre" presentation of legendary rapper of Jazzmatazz and Gangstarr fame - GURU, held in Toronto's revered Mod Club.  This could have been just another 'backing band for out-of-town act' session for the often called Trinidadian trumpeter, but the chemistry between Brown and Guru was evident even back then on their first meeting.  During that show Guru would push him out of his regular horn position to the front of the stage to solo while the hip-hop legend held a mic in front of his horn's bell.  This single performance would lead to a phone call from Guru's team a month later asking Brown if he was available to make an appearance on the upcoming 2007 release of 'Jazzmatazz Vol. 4', replacing the luminious Donald Byrd as the featured trumpet soloist.  Brown, accepting immediately, would write a special horn arrangement of "Universal Struggle" and solo throughout the tune.  In early Feb '07 he was again contacted by Guru's people, impressed by Brown's work on the track, to ask him to tour America for the release of JAZZMATAZZ VOL. 4.

Brownman soloing hard - Portugal (photo: Alexandre Vaz)

Since then Brownman has been touring the world as the featured soloist with GURU's JAZZMATAZZ as they brought their unique breed of jazz-hip-hop through The United States, Europe, Japan & South America. 

See extensive YouTube archive of tour footage.

In Jan 2010, Both Brownman & DJ DooWop left Jazzmatazz together, their exit precipitated by the often reported meglomaniacal ways of Solar - Guru's producer. Guru had, over time, had slowly given up control of all affairs to Solar who, in turn, continued to abuse and manipulate the entire team, from Guru himself through the organization's entire infra-structure.

On Apr 19th, 2010 Keith "Guru" Elam died after a long battle with cancer.

For more on the fiasco behind Solar's dominance over Guru visit :  FuckSolar.com - a fan driven website dedicated to documenting Solar's downfall.

See Brownman's unabridged 3000 word interview with the Boston Phoenix, reprinted with permission by FuckSolar.com, where he details all he saw while with Jazzmatazz.

Guru and Brownman - Brazil

(by publicist Andrew Nicholson) :

NEW CD released!
GRAVITATION is now available
on iTunes & CDBaby

Please grab a copy at
After 4 years of being nominated, the
Music Award for 2012 Best Jazz Artist of the Year

Official Brownman t-shirts have just arrived and are available at all live shows (or email andrew@brownman.com to order by mail).  Sizes are XL, L, M, S. Limited quantities per size.  $20 each.  Kittens, rappers and girls not included.
[ Thanks to additional poses from singer Irene Torres (from the Sugar Devils), monster rapper Mad Dukez from Gruvasylum and Kiwi-3 ]

Resonancity.com names Brownman
2012 Artist To Watch
The SUGAR DEVILS win the 2012 
Toronto Blues Society Talent Search
for 2012 Blues Band of the Year
Brownman receives a distinguished citation
from the Consulate General for the Republic 
of Trinidad & Tobago, which includes appearing in 
the High Commission and Consulate General
50th Independence Anniversary publication 
“Distinguished Nationals of 
Trinidad and Tobago in Canada”
Brownman included in noted UK
photographer's new book.
Kingsley Davis, an acclaimed UK music photographer,
has a new book out called FLIP THE SCRIPT 
BY KINGSLEY DAVIS, which documents luminous 
urban music acts on stage in the UK over the 
years, shot through Kingsley's lens. Featured 
artists include Pharell Williams, KRS-One, 
Q-tip, Omar, Flying Lotus, John Legend, 
Ms Dyamite, DJ Doowop, Guru... and Brownman!
BRAVO! channel documentary on Brownman now on Vimeo
"The Life & Times of Brown" -- In 2007 the BRAVO! channel, in conjunction with Leda Serene Films aired this 1/2 hour documentary on the life of award-winning Trinidadian born jazz trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI -- now available for free viewing in it's entirity on Vimeo.  It is an insightful and in-depth look at one of the most acclaimed jazz artists in the nation, diving deeply into his personal history, growing up in a racial charged environment, his time in New York City with Randy Brecker & clearly illustrating why he is now widely considered a vanguard for the evolution of jazz in Canada. EDITOR'S NOTE: This documentary was filmed in 2006 just *before* he was asked to join the legendary GURU's JAZZMATAZZ, replacing Donald Byrd in that seminal jazz-hip-hop group, and is thus a fascinating look at his pre-Jazzmatazz career.
On Nov 22nd, 2010 Brownman Ali was inducted into the WHOS WHO IN BLACK CANADA - the famous comprehensive national biographical directory & website of outstanding Black-Canadian achievers - alongside jazz legend Oliver Jones and former Governor General Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean.  This rather impressive look at this life, includes an interview, and embedded video from the BRAVO! Channel documentary on his life entitled "the life and times of Brown":
Artvoice magazine nominates
2010 Jazz Act of the Year
Brownman nonimated for a 2010
Toronto Independant Music Award w/ the
2010 Toronto Jazz Group of the Year
Brownman named
2009 Favourite Touring Soloist
(w/ Jazzmatazz) 
by London, UK's Jazz After Dark 
Brownman nonimated for a 2008
Toronto Independant Music Award w/ the
2008 Toronto Jazz Group of the Year
Brownman nonimated for a 2008
National Jazz Award w/ the
2008 Electric Jazz Group of the Year
(the group won in this category last year)
Brownman named Toronto's
NOW Magazine's
2007 Toronto Jazz Trumpeter of the Year
Featured cover story for the Oct/Nov 2007 issue
of CODA magazine, Canada's most acclaimed
jazz publication since 1958. 

Read the whole article
here (2.3meg PDF file)
After being nominated in 5 categories at the 2007 Canadian National Jazz Awards, the BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO was honoured to have been awarded the 2007 National Jazz Award for Electric Jazz Group of the Year.  Thanks to all that voted!
Brownman was nominated for :
- Canadian National Jazz Composer of the Year
- Canadian National Jazz Musician of the Year
- Canadian National Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
- Canadian National Latin-jazz Artist of the Year
- Canadian National Electric Group of the Year
    (w/ Brownman Electryc Trio)

Brownman asked to tour with legendary NYC hip-hop rapper Guru (of Gangstarr and Jazzmatazz fame).  After replacing the unavailable Roy Hargrove on Guru's Jazzmatazz Vol. 4 recording session (hits the store in June), Brownman was asked to tour America.  He departs June 9th for Zurich, Switzerland for 3 days of rehearsals before embarking on a blistering tour European tour before the U.S.A. tour dates being July 15.  Check out the tour dates:
Brownman was nominated for a 2006 Canadian National Jazz Award for "Latin-jazz Artist of the Year". The prize was awarded to the luminous and deserving Hilario Duran, but we at Brownman Music Inc. would like to thank all those who voted for this dynamic performer!
Shortly after returning from the last South American tour in Jan '06, the BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO began a new jazz residency at Buffalo's ultra hip Allen St. Hardware Cafe... this residency will continue through summer and all of upstate NY is invited to join the party!
No longer able to deny the undeniable - Brownman Music now has a MySpace.com page. There are 4 tunes and some video from CRUZAO is currently loaded (though they will be on weekly rotation), pics, and a ton more.  Feel free to drop in and make Brown your MySpace friend.
The AUDIO/VIDEO section at Brownman.com now has new audio up - as well as a 2 minute movie trailer from film maker Vitold Vidic's Documentary "CRUZAO: The Movie" which first aired at the 2005 Toronto film festival and documents the trials and tribulations of Brownman's struggle to get CRUZAO GRUPO MONSTRUOSO - the 15-man version of CRUZAO - prepped for it's inaugural performance at the 2004 Distillery Jazz Festival with the clocking ticking down and problems mounting. http://Brownman.com/pages-AudVid.htm  (Under VIDEO)
Brownman recently appointed to the Prague Jazz Open Festival's Board of Artistic Directors where his knowledge and expertise will aid in shaping the vision of the festival's 2006/2007 programming.
Brownman toured ARGENTINA for 3 weeks - beginning with the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival and includes feature concert presentations with some of Argentina's finest jazz and tango artists!  May 21 to June 15 2006 - arriving back in Toronto just in time to perform 8 times for the Toronto Jazz Festival.  More Argentine info as it comes in...
Collaborations seems to be the name of the game in 2006 and we'd like to mention some of those fantastic groups that have featured Brown in recent months: IRAKERE, CHISPA Y LOS COMPLICES, TUMBAO INC., DUB TRINITY, KUSH, FERTILE GROUND, SOULIVE, KOBOTOWN, KELLY LEE EVANS, MR. SOMETHING SOMETHING, METHODOLOGY, JAH-B, MAPALE, CHIVA, RITA DI GHENT & The SPRAWL PROJECT, AVE RD. & CESCO. All are world-class ensembles and we encourage those reading this to put their names into Google and check out their artistry.

(by publicist Andrew McIntosh) :
Brownman voted Toronto's 2005 BEST JAZZ ARTIST by NOW Magazine:


Errol Nazereth's feature article on FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES:

ALI BROS "mythological" Canada Day performance:

Interview with View Magazine (in depth)


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