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November 3, 2005

NOW Magazine Chooses Nick Brownman Ali as Best Jazz Artist of 2005

Written by
cindy mcleod

Toronto-based Trinidadian Nick ‘Brownman’ Ali was chosen Toronto’s 2005 BEST JAZZ ARTIST in NOW Magazine’s ‘Best of Toronto’ Awards.

The Trinidad born, NYD- schooled trumpeter is one of the city’s busiest players, and is known for his outspokeness about the jazz scene. He takes a multi-faceted approach, leading six bands with a broad span of cultural and musical influences, and is often criticized by jazz purists for challenging the conventional with his innovative and creative styles. The award is a testament to the popularity of his unique voice, and joins a long list of accolades that include The Canadian National Jazz Award for Jazz Composer of the Year, the Montreal Jazz Festival’s General Motors Grand Prix Du Jazz Award, CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, and numerous nominations for his various band leaderships and trumpeting talents.

Within the last year alone, he was a featured act at the Distillery Jazz Festival (Toronto) with his 15 piece Latin band Cruzao Grupo Monstruso in tandem with freestyle MCs, led 5 all-star quintets for his second Edition of Five Weeks for Miles, appeared at The Montreal Reggae Festival with reggae legend Brinsley Forde of Aswad, was a featured artist with his Ali Bros at the Canada Day Toronto Jazz Festival, and in December he will represent Canada at the 2005 Havana Jazz Festival with his group Cruzao Havana, featuring an all-Cuban rhythm section comprised of members of Grammy-winning ensemble Irakere. Following the Havana dates, he will tour throughout Cuba, Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Argentina.

In January he will share the stage at Toronto’s Lula Club with superstar Randy Brecker, who hails Ali as “One of the next voices in the new generation of jazz improvisers.”

for more information visit www.brownman.com

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