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World-class jazz trumpeter comes home to perform
Internationally acclaimed jazz trumpet player Brownman Ali returns to T&T for two exclusive and intimate concerts at Port-of-Spain’s Liveart Bistro on March 1 and 2.
Born in T& and schooled in New York City, Brownman is considered an iconic name in the Canadian jazz community and was described as “Canada’s pre-eminent jazz trumpet player” by New York’s Village Voice magazine.
The award-winning jazz trumpet virtuoso has worked with the likes of Quincy Jones, KRS-1, hip-hop legend Guru and Mos Def. He also recently concluded a tour with the renowned Paul Simon.
Brownman, now based in Toronto, was in T&T last month on a writing retreat funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. He intended to use the island of his birth as inspiration for new compositions for his record label Browntasauras Records.
His time in T&T led to new connections to the island and another visit for secret recording sessions in Tobago. “I’m unfortunately not at liberty to divulge who the sessions are with, but it’s fantastic to be back home so soon,” said Brownman in a release.
The Jazz Alliance of Trinidad and Tobago leapt at the chance to present Brownman again—having presented a masterclass and jam session with him last month—and moved quickly to assemble two concert nights in T&T.
The shows will feature the Brownman Electryc Trio—Trinidad Edition. The group, a special T&T permutation of his award-winning electric-jazz trio, will feature T&T’s own top-shelf jazz artists Sean Thomas on drums and BJ Saunders on bass.
“Brownman is an incredible force to work with. His trumpet skills are awe inspiring, but so is his sense of connecting with people.” said Thomas.
“That combination is rare. His energy is so strong and his spirit so infectious, we’re pushed to be the best we can be. BJ and I can’t wait!”
The shows will be held on March 1 and 2 at Liveart Bistro, No 5 Albion Street, Port-of-Spain, three minutes west of the National Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA)—at 8.30 pm.
For more information on Brownman Ali visit www.Brownman.com.
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