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November 4, 2007

Nick ‘Brownman’ Ali’s Miles Davis Tribute

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz concerts, Canada


Nick ‘Brownman’ Ali
Five Weeks for Miles
Every Friday This Month

Five Weeks for Miles Features Five All-Star Quintets

Toronto trumpeter/composer Nick ‘Brownman’ Ali runs his ‘Five Weeks for Miles’ tribute every Friday this month at Trane Studio, presenting a jazz series showcasing segments of the legendary jazz musician’s life and music.

Brownman will lead five different ensembles for the concert series, with the all-star cast of quintets including Canadian jazz legends Pat Labarbera and Terry Clarke, luminaries of his own generation such as Robi Botos and Justin Abedin, the brightest of the new breed of jazz modernists, Tyler Emond and Larnell Lewis, and more.

Born in Trinidad, schooled in New York City under Randy Brecker and now based out of Toronto, the internationally recognized Brownman currently leads seven notable ensembles of his own, including latin-jazz project Cruzao and 2007 National Jazz Award-winning Brownman Electryc Trio. He is also the featured soloist with New York jazz-hip-hop artist Guru’s Jazzmatazz, and this month appears on the cover of CODA magazine. An in-demand studio player, Brownman’s recording credits number over 250 albums to date.

Week 1 – Fri. Nov 2, 2007. ”Young Miles” – The Bird Years

A young Miles experiences the birth of bebop.

Brownman (trumpet), Bobby Brough (alto saxophone), Dave Restivo (piano), Brandi Disterheft (upright bass), Archie Alleyne (drums)

Week 2 – Fri. Nov 9, 2007. ”Birth Of The Cool & Kind Of Blue” – Post-Bop Miles

During the 1950s the “cool school” flourished on the west coast.

Brownman (trumpet), Jeff King (tenor, soprano saxes), Nancy Walker (piano), Ross MacIntyre (upright bass), Bob McLaren (drums)

Week 3 – Fri. Nov 16, 2007. ”Plugged Nickel” – The Shorter Years

From the 50s to the 70s Miles’ work with John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter pushed the boundaries of improvisation.

Brownman (trumpet), Pat LaBarbera ( tenor, soprano saxes), Robi Botos (piano), Jim Vivian (upright bass), Terry Clarke (drums)

Week 4 – Fri. Nov 23, 2007. ”From Bitches Brew to Tutu” – Electric Miles

Mies explores electric jazz with tone colourings and polyrhythms laying the foundation for his long, breathy solos.

Brownman (electric trumpet), Justin Abedin (electric guitar), Eric Boucher (Fender Rhodes), Marc Rogers (6-string electric bass), Colin Kingsmore (drums)

Week 5 – Fri. Nov 30, 2007. ”Doo-bop” – Had He Lived…

Towards the end of Miles’ life he began exploring modern popular music’s hip-hop. Doo-bop (Warner 1992) would feature rappers, loops and marks.

Brownman (electric trumpet), Enlight (rapper), Lil Jaz (turntables), Tyler Emond (6-string electric bass), Larnell Lewis (drums)

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