proudly presents the 2010 - 5th Edition of:
FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES
Produced & directed by Brownman...|...Executive producer Frank Francis
964 Bathurst Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 416.913.8197
Every friday in October 2009
6:00 pm - open for dinner
8:00pm - show
$20 at the door | $15 advance guest list
$60 Full Fest Pass (1 price, all 5 shows)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the advance guest list.
(please include your name and phone number for a callback confirmation of the reservation)
or call 416.913.8197 to make a reeservation by phone
Table seating will be given preference to those with dinner reservations on a first come first serve basis.
Those on the Advanced List should arrive before 8:15pm to ensure good seating.
Dinner reservations are being taken & the Trane Studio features some of the finest Caribbean cuisine in Toronto.
In 2010 there are 5 fridays in October.
Every friday multi-award winning trumpet player
BROWNMAN will lead 5 different all-star ensembles
through 5 historic eras of jazz which Miles Davis
catalyzed & immortalized with his presence.
5 Fridays... 5 Ensembles... 5 Eras of Miles Davis...
Brownman, when asked about the tribute and the musicians behind the music, states, "For those who appreciate jazz as a true art form, FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES represents a rare opportunity to understand it's greatest legend's career, where he could have gone and a reminder of what he might have meant to us today. I'm truly honoured to be fronting this sequential tribute and performing with such a monsterous cross-section of players." Brownman has put together a spectacular all-star cast for his production featuring everyone from Canadian jazz legends Dave Restivo & Ted Quinlan, to luminaries in his own generation such as Adrean Farrugia & Marc Rogers to the best of the youngest new breed of jazz modernists like Tyler Emond & Colin KIngsmore. This year will also feature a few New Yorkers with acclaimed drummer Aaron Staebell and DJ to Jeru The Damaja - DJ Cutler making the border crossing. "Whatever age, whatever background, whatever colour - we're all going to be giving all of ourselves over to Miles’ music… to try and do the man and his vision justice”, Brownman concludes.
- Fri Oct 1, 2010
"Young Miles" - The Bird Years
At 17 years of age Miles would travel across the river from his home in East St. Louis, Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri to hear well-known jazz musicians play in clubs. Mesmerized by their talent and style, he would listen to their all night jam sessions until Charlie "Bird" Parker arrived in St. Louis with the Billy Eckstine Band in 1944. Bird was the creative force behind a new form of jazz later to be dubbed "bebop" and the young Miles would become fascinated with it's complex melodic and harmonic structure leading Miles to follow Bird across the country until he was allowed to substitute for his trumpet player at the time - Dizzy Gillespie. His tenure as Bird's sideman would most exemplify this hard-swinging period of his life.
Brownman - trumpet (National Jazz Award winner)
Bobby Brough - alto sax (acclaimed jazz artist)
Mark Keiswetter - piano (Shannon Butcher)
Ross MacIntyre - upright bass (Matt Dusk)
Ernesto Cervini - drums (just back from NYC!)
- Fri Oct 8, 2010
- Fri Oct 15, 2010
- Fri Oct 22, 2010
- Fri Oct 29, 2010
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) and catalyzing his appearing on the cover of CODA magazine, Canada's most acclaimed jazz publication. In December 2009 Brownman launched his own independent record label Browntasauras Records, with Brownman Electryc Trio's debut recording of Juggernaut as its flagship release, along with re-issues of his entire back-catalog from other groups he leads.
Known for his incredibly hectic schedule and diversity in addition to his playing prowess, Brownman leads a variety of other ensembles besides Brownman Electryc Trio including: Cruzao (Canada's premiere latin-jazz ensemble, Cruzao Grupo Monstruoso (15-man latin-jazz urban orchestra), Gruvasylum (hip-hop quartet with a jazz ideology), Marron Matizado (12-man salsa band) and the Brownman Akoustic Trio (mainstream jazz a la Miles, Coltrane, Duke & Basie)
He is also called upon frequently to serve as musical director with international touring bands including Chiva (Colombian latin-jazz), Permutacaos (Brazilian-jazz), Hendrik Muerkens (Brazilian-jazz), Strange Attractors (all-star collective of award-winning jazz composers) and Ali Bros (jazz-funk group co-led by Brownman's brother Marcus Ali). Additionally, Brownman has been mounting several large scale productions in recent years including his much lauded Five Weeks For Miles Tribute Show (now in it's 7th year) - a month-long extravaganza whereby Brownman, over 5 fridays, leads 5 different bands through 5 different eras of Miles Davis luminous career.
As evidenced by almost 700,000 visits to his website, Brownman has evolved from Canadian jazz icon to worldwide phenomenon -- catapulted by 3.5 years of touring the globe as the featured soloist with the legendary rapper Guru and his seminal jazz-hiphop band Jazzmatazz (until the great man’s tragic passing in April 2010). Driven by the desire to push and expand the boundaries of jazz composition and musicianship -- and the perceptions people have of what jazz music is and can be -- Browman is a proud torchbearer to the tradition of fearless exploration represented by immortals such as Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, his own mentor Randy Brecker, John Coltrane, and Wayne Shorter.
Brownman also holds
a degree in physics and 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.
of the next great voices in the new generation of jazz improvisers..."
most versatile hornman in Canada"
energized and in the spirit of Miles Davis"
truly gifted improviser with an original creative voice..."
creative and fearless - like a young Miles Davis."
and hip ... the music's muscular and quick, much of it thrilling..."
“It’s hard to
imagine [him] being more in the pocket, more energetic.”
the energy output [he] can generate...
with fire and intensity ... executed with skill and feeling ...
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