...ENSEMBLES...

Brownman currently leads & actively composes for 8 ensembles :
[Click to visit the CRUZAO website] [Click to visit the MONSTER website] [Click to visit the MARRON MATIZADO website] [Click to visit the ELECTRYC TRIO website] [Click to visit the NAQ/NAT website] [Click to visit the GRUVASYLUM website]
Brownman &
CRUZAO
5-piece multi-award winning chordless LATIN-JAZZ-URBAN unit featuring Brown's original compositions fusing authentic latin rhythms, jazz harmonies and urban ideologies.  One of the most highly decorated & celebrated ensembles in Canada.
Visit the CRUZAO website
BROWNMAN
ELECTRYC TRIO
National Jazz Award winners for "electric jazz group of the year". Electric and eclectic, this energized trio embodies modern improvising jazz ideology fused with funkified urban grooves in the spirit of the last era of Miles Davis' career.
Visit the ELECTRYC TRIO website
Brownman &
CRUZAO GRUPO MONSTRUOSO
15-man large ensemble version of CRUZAO featuring 6 jazz horns, 3 latin percussionists, 2 funk bassists, 2 latin vocalists & 2 rappers. A unique latin-jazz urban orchestra.
Visit the MONSTER website
BROWNMAN
AKOUSTIC TRIO / QUARTET
NYC style hard-swinning classic JAZZ trumpet trio / quartet. Horn, bass, drums (+ piano).  Brownman originals compositions and aggressive arrangements of standards featured.
Visit the NAQ website
Brownman &
MARRÓN MATIZADO
10-piece SALSA powerhouse tackling modern progressive salsa in a way that  this country has never seen before.  Bringing elements of funk, jazz, and  hip-hop to the table this all-star ensemble creates a high-energy whirlwind of modern salsa.
Visit the MATIZADO website
Brownman &
GRUVASYLUM
Hip-hop and jungle with a jazz ideology.  This jazz-hip-hop outfit features one of Canada's most conscious and gifted freestyle rappers - Enlight The Ronin going head to head with one of NY state's most acclaimed rappers - Mad Dukez alongside some of the finest jazz and funk musicians in the nation.
Visit the GRUVASYLUM website
ARECIBO
An exciting latin-jazz outfit delving deeply into both Cuban and Brazilian modern jazz traditions in the New York latin-jazz spirit of Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band featuring some of Toronto’s most  acclaimed jazz and latin music specialist
Visit the ARECIBO website
ALI BROS
Conceived in the spirit of multi grammy winning outfit - "The Brecker Bros" , the Ali Bros - Marcus and Brownman Ali - embody the essence of jazz improvisational ideology erupting against a backdrop of powerful urban grooves. Funk, hip-hop, drum'n'bass, R'n'B all colliding with modern jazz textures.
Visit the ALI BROS website

All  groups above are signed to Browntasauras Records

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As a Musical Director :
STRANGE ATTRACTORS
A deeply exploratory, highly-energized Toronto-based jazz quintet & collective featuring some of the hottest jazz musicians in Canada.  All members of the collective contribute tunes.
Visit the STRANGE ATTRACTORS website
 

BROWN-TALSKY 5
Award-winning trumpet player Brownman Ali joins forces with a rising star on the jazz vocal scene who's turning heads - Jordana Talsky. playing unique & exciting cross-pollinations of jazz genres from slow jams, to jazz-funk, to modern takes on old classic standards.
Visit the JORDANA TALSKY's website
 

CHIVA
Under the leadership of Colombian conguera Ruben "Bennie" Esguerra, Chiva fuses rare Atlantic coast Colombian rhythms with hip-hop and urban concepts against a latin-jazz backdrop.
Visit the CHIVA website
 

PERMUTAÇÕES
Brazilian-jazz ensemble featuring Aline Morales from Maracatu Nunca Antes performing classic Brazilian tunes reorchestrated with modern jazz twists and original Brazilian jazz compositions penned by 2 award winning composers - Brownman & Attila Fias - this group is a spirited jazz romp from Rio to San Paulo
Visit the PERMUTAÇÕES website
 

ODDBAWL
Ultra modern Toronto-based jazz unit focusing on musical oddity - both in groove and feel. Co-led by award-winning jazz pianist - Adrean Farrugia.
Visit the ODDBAWL website
 

TRINIDAD BACCHANAL ALL-STARS
The All-stars are a collective of the top Trinidadian and Caribbean musicians living in Toronto performing inspired and energized modern genre-twisting forms of their island's music - mixing jazzand urban ideologies with Calypso, Reggae, Soca, Rapso & Chutney.
Visit the BACCHANAL website
 

RITA DI GHENT & THE SPRAWL PROJECT
Considered one of the most respected forward-minded jazz vocalists in Canada, Rita bring her experiences wiith urban Toronto into focus as a song-writer with the invention of a new musical form she dubs "Sprawl".
Visit the RITA DI GHENT website




Productions Brownman has mounted :
FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES
Once a year, usually in Sept - for 5 fridays Brownman leads 5 different all-star ensembles
 through 5 historic eras of jazz which Miles Davis catalyzed & immortalized with his presence.
A much anticipated yearly production in the city of Toronto.
Visit the FIVE WEEK FOR MILES website
 

MILES : ERAS
In one spectacular evening, spanning 2 unique sets, multi-award winning jazz trumpet iconoclast Brownman Ali will lead an all-star quintet through the many different musical eras of Miles Davis’ always evolving career - from bebop to cool, Coltrane to Shorter, electric-jazz to hip-hop. This show is a single night version of Brownman’s award-winning month-long FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES series.
See an example of what this production looks
 

A BLUE NOTE NEW YEAR's
A Jazz New Year's Ever Party like no other, featuring a night of hard-swinging tunes from the classic Blue Note Era.  You'll hear music by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk,Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey,Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Grant Green, Horace Silver, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, and many many more...  The ensemble will start with swing classics and slowly, over the course of the night, start to interpret them in the contemporary jazz fashion Brownman has become renowned for.  By midnight - expect it to be a full on jazz-funk New Year's party you won't want to miss!
Visit the BLUE NOTE NEW YEAR's website
 

HALLOWEEN THRILLER
Acclaimed jazz / hip-hop trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI leads an all-star quartet through his popular annual Halloween Thriller concert. The much lauded BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO + 1 will perform the entire Michael Jackson "Thriller" recording, interpreted and re-worked in the Miles Davis-esque fashion this multiple National Jazz Award winning improviser has become known for. In addition to the quartet performing Thriller top to bottom, other MJ classics will be featured through the night for this unique Halloween weekend jazz party. 
Visit the HALLOWEEN THRILLER website
 

TRIBUTE TO FREDDIE HUBBARD
A special 2-set concert that features an all-star cast of hand-picked top-shelf jazz musicians bounding through 2 sets of legendar trumpet player Freddie Hubbard's inspired compositions. The 1st set will focus on Freddie's acoustic period ("Ready for Freddie", "Open Sesame", etc.) with the 2nd set showcasing his later electric groove period ("Red Clay", "Skydive", etc.). 
See the POSTER
 

BRAZILIAN TRIFECTA
A 3-part Brazilian weekly series featuring 3 acclaimed world music vocalists & Canada's most recognized latin-jazz trumpeter all in classic quintet format.  Brownman plays flugelhorn exclusively for this series.
Visit the BRAZILIAN TRIFECTA website




As an often featured trumpet player with :
GURU's JAZZMATAZZ
Brownman was the touring trumpet soloist with legendary rapper GURU (of Gangstarr fame) in his JAZZMATAZZ ensemble from 2006 to 2010, occupying the position formerly held by the luminous Donald Byrd. Brown was the last trumpet player in the group until Guru's tragic death from cancer in 2010.  There is a memorial site at guru.brownman.com
Visit the JAZZMATAZZ website
 

SNAGGLE
* Signed to Browntasauras Reccords in 2016
Under the leadership of 25-year old rising star pianist Nick Maclean & often described as Canada’s answer to Snarky Puppy, Snaggle combines influences from jazz, rock, metal, classical and everything else they can get their hands on to create their own brash and infectious brand of hard funk. From Miles Davis to Rage Against the Machine, Snaggle features a repertoire of exciting, dynamic and entirely original material.
Visit the SNAGGLE website
 

Chris Lesso's MODUS FACTOR
* Signed to Browntasauras Reccords in 2015
Three of Toronto's busiest studio musicians step back into the club circuit with MODUS FACTOR, all bringing their own considerable experience from 3 different musical circles to the table to form a truly unique new electro-ambient jazz outfit.  All 3 of these artists are heavy users of modern electronics to colour their sounds.
Visit the MODUS FACTOR website
 

Chelsea McBride's SOCIALIST NIGHT SCHOOL
* Signed to Browntasauras Reccords in 2016
The SOCIALIST NIGHT SCHOOL is a 19-piece jazz orchestra led by Toronto Emerging Artist Award winner Chelsea McBride.  This cinematically picturesque big band features a cross-section of some of the finest 20-somethings and a small contingient of veterns all delivering stunningly uniquely evocative and emotional original music from the pen of 
McBride.
Visit the SOCIALIST NIGHT SCHOOL website
 

JASON WILSON & DIVISION ONE
* Signed to Browntasauras Reccords in 2017
Often described as "Miles meets Monk meets Marley", DIVISION ONE is led by 2X JUNO Award nominee & Canadian Reggae Music Award winner singer / song-writer / piano player Jason Wilson.  This is Wilson's jazz-reggae mashup project.
Visit the JASON WILSON website
 

NICK MACLEAN QUARTET
* Signed to Browntasauras Reccords in 2017
Taking influences from Herbie Hancock’s Blue Note era records this powerhouse quartet explores a modern, original repertoire while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history. In June 2016, the quartet recently debuted a host of new original material and also performed a number of tribute shows during the 2016 Toronto Jazz Festival including a tribute to Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock and Cole Porter.
Visit the NMQ website
 

GAME.SET.TRAP
Redefining perceptions of ‘trap-based’ music by bringing the inherent soulful, musical elements to the forefront. By interpreting lyrics through the instrumental arrangements, they artfully conceal its controversy, hearing it stripped down to its core musical elements and making for a universally engaging performance. GAME.SET.TRAP performs in the ‘jazz-soul’ idiom, pulling motivic influences from Ahmad Jamal and Duke Ellington. Bringing new concepts influenced by the NEXT Collective, Christian Scott, and Ben Williams, this Toronto trap-jazz collective is connecting cultures and generations. 
Visit the GAME.SET.TRAP Facebook Page
 

JOHN CHEESMAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
A fantasticly modern big band showcasing gifted composer/drummer John Cheesman's original compositions.  Often eclectic, often electric, composer/drummer John Cheesman breathes new life into modern Large Jazz Ensemble writing. Cheesman's Jazz Orchestra is stacked with some of the finest names in jazz in Toronto.
Visit the JOHN CHEESMAN website
 

TYPE RELEVANT
Heralded as "Western New York's premiere hip hop experiences" under the leadership of Brian "Relevant" Herlihy and winners of the ArtVoice BOOM award, they fuse improvised hip-hop grooves with jazz improvation.
Visit the TYPE RELEVANT MySpace website
 

PAVLO
Pavlo is a composer, a guitarist, a singer and a recording artist. He composes in a style of music best described as “Mediterranean music,” a music that combines influences of Flamenco, Latin, Classical and Mediterranean  guitar mixed together with the Greek Bouzouki. 
Visit the PAVLO website
 

SUGAR DEVILS feat. Irene Torres
A group of musicians from all background and age groups coming together to celebrate New Orleans Music in Toronto -- from blues, jazz, to second line and gumbo!
Visit the SUGAR DEVILS Facebook page
 

JOSH GOODMAN QUINTET
A newcomer to the Toronto scene, Josh brings his original spirited compositions to the fore accompanied by some of the city's jazz finest"
Visit the JOSH GOODMAN website
 

JASON WILSON & TABARRUK
Led by singer / song-writer / piano player Jason Wilson, Tabbaruk fuses roots reggae and jazz ideologies.  UB40 meets Miles Davis.  Nominated for a Juno Award in Canada.
Visit the JASON WILSON website
 

METHODOLOGY
A collective of funksters based out of Toronto, Canada fusing soul and R'n'B grooves with cutting edge urban vibes and a bangin' live show.  Think Steve Wonder meets Jamiroquai.
Visit the METHODOLOGY MySpace website
 

KOBO TOWN
A 8-man Toronto-based group formed by Trinidadian composer Drew Gonsalves specializing in traditional calypso (kaiso), and demonstrating its contemporary relevance by engaging the crucial issues of our time. KOBO TOWN's music reflects today's Caribbean-Canadian diaspora, melding traditional Trinidadian music and new sounds encountered in Canada.
Visit the KOBO TOWN MySpace website
 

D'BI YOUNG
Standing firm in the legacies of Assata Shakur, Lady Saw, Grace Jones, Kurt Cobain, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Tracy Chapman, ms. d'bi.young - jamaican canadian dancehall queen punk rock warrior dub poet - is the hybrid-nucleus where reggae meets hip hop, blues, punk, jazz, folk and funk.
Visit the D'BI YOUNG website
 

BEYOND EDEN
BEYOND EDEN plays a unique fusion of musical styles, incorporating rock, reggae, hip-hop, and disco with traditional Jewish content. Songs are both in Hebrew and English. The band's live shows are high-energy and intense, with a pulsating groove, designed to keep audiences on their feet and dancing.  Think Dave Matthews Band meets Stevie Wonder.
Visit the BEYOND EDEN MySpace website
 

DUB TRINITY
DUB TRINITY came together in Peterborough, Ontario the brainchild of veteran musicians Beau Dixon and Gregory Roy.  A fusion of dub-reggae and improvised drum and bass with conscious lyrics combining a keen melodic savvy with vast artillery of rhythms from around the globe.
Visit the DUB TRINITY website
 

PLAN C
Led by Juan Carlos Valencia (a former student of Brownman's), this young Colombian guitarist brings together authentic Colombian rhythms with modern urban electronica.
Visit the PLAN C website
 

FITO BLANKO
Produced by "El Sensei" Keith Kenishiro,Panamanian born latin-reggaethon rapper Fito Blanko stirred up the Canadian-American scene in the early 00's, leading to charting on U.S. Latin Billboard.
Visit the FITO BLANKO website
 

RICKY FRANCO
Previously signed to a management deal with New York City based “Swing Factory”, who founded world famous Urban Salsa group DLG (Dark Latin Groove), Ricky Franco has quickly become one of Canada's best Latin artists
Visit the RICKY FRANCO website
 

TUMBAO INC.
Under the leadership of Gerardo "G" Brizuela, former musical director for Canada's premiere merengue outfit DOMINICANADA, his new group TUMBAO INC. combines deep house and electronic with merengue and music from the Dominican Republic.
Visit the TUMBAO INC website
 

STEVE COLE & The THERMAL QUARTET
Led by guitarist Steve Cole, the Thermal Quartet explores modern jazz textures from hard swing to jazz-hip-hop to samba with a jazz twist.
Visit the THERMAL MUSIC website
 

POCKET DWELLERS
Considered one of the premiere hip-hop groups in Canada, PD has become the strongest example of modern hip-hop performed by a large ensemble.  Often compared to "The Roots".
Visit the POCKET DWELLERS website
 

KYPRIOS
Formly signed to Sony Records Canada, conscious hip-hop rapper Kyprios took Canada by storm when he was discovered in 2004.
Visit the KYPRIOS website
 

RIKOSHAY
Toronto-based young hip-hop MC force of nature.  Part of the Won-by-One Collective.
Visit the RIKOSHAY website
 

MARC ROGERS
Electric bass extraordinaire for both GRUVASYLUM & CRUZAO GRUPO MONSTRUOSO. Brown and Marc share a special musical bond and appear together in over 15 groups in city of Toronto, including 2 of Brown's own, Marc's own, Rita Di Ghent's, Steve Cole's and many more.
Visit the MARC ROGERS website
 

DANIEL BARNES
Drummer for both GRUVASYLUM & CRUZAO GRUPO MONSTRUOSO
Visit the DANIEL BARNES website
 

STICH WYNSTON
Nationally acclaimed drummer for the Shuffle Demons, Brown is often featured in Stich's ultra-urban free-form Steve Coleman inspired jazz-funk group TIGHTROPE
Visit the STICH WYNSTON website
 

PAUL AITKEN
London based jazz guitarist
Visit the PAUL AITKEN website
 

JENNIE LAWS
Los Angeles based R&B singer / songwriter
Visit the JENNIE LAWS website
 

JEFF KING
Fantastic Toronto based tenor saxophonist.  Also the tenor saxophonist in Brownman's CRUZAO GRUPO MONSTRUOSO Hilario Duran's Big Band band, Luis Mario Ochoa's CIMARRON.
Visit the JEFF KING website
 

REG SCHWAGER
Reg Schwager is one of Canada's leading jazz guitarists. He has played with such internationally acclaimed jazz artists such as Mel Torme, Pepper Adams, Hank Jones, Junior Mance, Jimmy McGriff and Zoot Sims, and such celebrated Canadian jazz musicians as Diana Krall, Rob McConnell, Peter Appleyard, Oliver Jones, Dave Young and Don Thompson
Visit the REG SCHWAGER website
 

JAKE LANGLEY
Jake Langley has quickly taken his place as one of Canada’s premier jazz guitarists. He has been gaining international attention in the past few years while touring as part of the world renowned Joe Defrancesco Trio.
Visit the JAKE LANGLEY website
 

RICH UNDERHILL
Founder of the Shuffle Demons in Toronto, the baritone saxophonist in Brownman's CRUZAO GRUPO MONSTRUOSO and the 2003 Juno Award winner for "Jazz Recording of the Year"
Visit the RICH UNDERHILL website
 

LUANDA JONES
Brazilian born vocalist / songwriter (from Rio),  has been captivating audiences for over a decade with her unique blend of suave, jazz inflected vocals and stylized guitar harmonies, passionately interpreting some of outh American nation’s most cherished popular musical traditions
Visit the LUANDA JONES website
 

ELIANA CUEVAS
Venezuelan born vocalist / songerwriter now based in Toronto, Eliana has dominated the world music scene in Canada since her debut recording "Cohesion" (produced by Brownman) in 2002.
Visit the ELIANA CUEVAS website
 

BIG STEAM BAND
Toronto based roaring 17-piece big band with its own songs and its own sound. Neo-romantic songs for today.
Visit the BIG STEAM BAND website
 

HEATHER BAMBRICK
2004 Canadian National Jazz Award recipient for "Vocalist of the Year".  Fantastic hard-swinging jazz vocalist on the Toronto scene.  Given her own show on Jazz FM (91.1) in 2005.
Visit the HEATHER BAMBRICK website
 

GRUVORIA
(featured trumpeter from 1998-2003)
Electric jazz... funk... modern electrified groove in the spirit of John McGlaughlin.  This was one eclectic group led by the equally eclectic Blair Purdy - one of kind guitarist / composer.  Brownman's younger sibling took over his chair in this group as Brown's own projects became dominant in the early 00's.
Visit the GRUVORIA website
 

ORQUESTA BESTIAL
(featured trumpeter from 1998-2001)
Led by Peruvian vocalist / percussionist Johann Aguirre, Bestial was a salsa band of note in the Toronto latin community and featured some of the hottest latin musicians in the country.
 

EVARISTO MACHADO
(featured trumpeter in 1999-2001)
Cuban singer-songwriter featuring a 14 piece salsa orchestra fusing comtemporary latin american rhythms (like tango and flamenco) with traditional Cuban grooves (like son and salsa).
 

YARITZA MARTINEZ
(featured trumpeter in 1999-2000)
Cuban Son singer-songwriter formerly of "Las Perlas del Sol" and relocated to Toronto, Brownman acted as her Musical Director and trumpet player for a year.
 

PACANDE
(featured trumpeter from 1997-2000)
Led by Colombian guitarist Diego Marulanda, Pacande embodies the rich sounds of Colombian folkloric music.  Nominated for a Juno in the World Music category.
 

DOMINICANADA
(featured trumpeter from 1995-2003)
For 15 years in Toronto, Dominicanada was once considered the top merengue group in Canada. Infighting and inner group politics caused the group's ultimate demise in 2004.  There still exists a band with the same name in Toronto, however it is but a shadow of what this group was in it's hayday.
 

Dr. POP & The NOISE
(featured trumpeter from 1995-1999)
Led by guitarist / singer / song-writer Steve Lukacic, Dr. Pop & The NOISE would feature Lukacic's catchy all orginal pop tunes played with an all jazz group (including Stich Wynston on drums, Ross McIntyre on electric bass, Brownman on trumpet, Glen Gummerson on trombone and Frank Pincente on tenor).


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