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Browntasauras Records Presents:
Brownman Electryc Trio + 1 plays Michael Jackson's Thriller

From Press Release:
Acclaimed jazz / hip-hop trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI will once again lead 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 jazz party at Toronto's Drom Taberna.

This show features as it's "+1"acclaimed keyboardist NICK MACLEAN, a rising star in Toronto's jazz community, signee to Brownman's Browntasauras Records label & winner of 6 Global Music Awards, standing alongside 2 of Toronto's most in demand musicians : EDDIE CASTRO on bass (from Miami & now highly sought after in the Latin scene), and RILEY O'CONNOR on drums (a top-shelf session musician who impressive abilities spam multiple genres), all under the direction of modern jazz trumpet iconoclast BROWNMAN ALI.

Sun-Oct-31,8:00pm in Toronto, ON
@ Drom Taberna....Facebook Event page
$PWYC (staff will circulate with a jar -- please give generously!)
[ Covid-19 Protocols in effect for your safety ]
Costumes and socially distanced Thriller video dance moves encouraged.
*NOTE: from Midnight to 2am, AFTER PARTY w/ a DJ playing MJ all night!

"Delving so deeply into that record always leaves us speechless", states Ali. "Michael birthed so many incredible tunes over the years, but his collaborations with Quincy Jones on Thriller has to be one of the most towering musical achievements in pop music ever. Using that brilliant material every year on Halloween, as jump-offs for what we do makes for a party that's both danceable, but still rooted in exploratory improvising and deep reaching solos. We approach it the way Miles might have."

The BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO has won 2 National Jazz Awards, 3 Toronto Independent Music Awards for "Jazz Group of the Year", a SOCAN music award, a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, and an International Independent Music Award for "2015 Jazz-Funk album of the year" for the album "Gravitation", which hit number 4 on the iTunes USA jazz charts upon it's release. 

“Awards are nice, naturally, but to dig what Brownman is doing, you’ve got to see him live. I had a chance to do just that over the summer when Brownman fronted his killer trio ... I came away with a blown mind. This guy’s got chops galore, soul to match, and a sense of phrasing that recalls many of the greats, but suggests itself to be his own.”
-- The Buffalo News on the latest slew of awards for the Brownman Electryc Trio

Toronto : Sun-Oct-31
Drom Taberna
458 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario
Show  @ 8:00pm to midnight!
$PWYC (please give generously!)
.Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/206207514957948
(Covid Protocols in effect for your safety.  Mandatory proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test must be shown)
*NOTE: from Midnight to 2am, AFTER PARTY with a DJ playing Michael Jackson hits through the years all night long!

Read an archival KW Record article on the THRILLER show:


:: Brownman Ali - electric trumpet [ www.Brownman.com ]
:: Nick Maclean - keyboards / synths  [ www.NicholasMaclean.com ]
:: Eddie Castro - 5-string electric bass  [ Eddie on Facebook ]
:: Riley O'Connor - drums [ www.RileyOConnorMusic.com ]


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"One of the next great voices in the new generation of jazz improvisers”

-- Randy Brecker, legendary 14x Grammy winning trumpet icon

Heralded as “Canada’s preeminent Jazz trumpeter” by NYC’s Village Voice, Brownman Ali - born on the small Caribbean island of Trinidad, & schooled in NYC - is a multiple award-winning NYC-schooled protégé to his teacher, Grammy-winning trumpet legend, Randy Brecker. Splitting his time between Toronto and New York, he tirelessly leads 7 unique ensembles of his own including the internationally acclaimed Miles Davis influenced BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO, and the award-winning CRUZAO latin-jazz quintet. All these ensembles record under Brownman's own much lauded BROWNTASAURAS RECORDS label, established in 2009. In high demand in the studio world with over 300 CD appearances to date, Brownman delivers stylistically authentic horn playing over a wide range of styles from bebop to hiphop having worked with the likes of Guru's Jazzmatazz (replacing Donald Byrd in that primordial ensemble), Mos Def, KRS-1, Quincy Jones, Paul Simon, Jay-z, Missy Elliot, Mingus Dynasty Big Band, Gary Bartz, Chucho Valdes & far too many more to name here. He is considered to be one of the most unique and provocative improvising trumpet players in the nation today and is widely regarded as a vanguard for the evolution of Jazz in Canada.

A highly decorated player, Brownman's awards & accolades include 2 National Jazz Awards (with 11 nominations over the years), Montreal Jazz Fest's "Grand Prix Du Jazz" award, a CBC Galaxie Rising Star award, a SOCAN composers award, an International Independent Music Award for "Album of the Year", 5 Toronto Independent Music Award "jazz artist of the year" (11 nominations), 6 Global Music Awards, a Black Canadian Award nomination for "Jazz Musician of the Year", a Caribbean Music & Entertainment Award for "Jazz Artist Of The Year", an induction into the WHO'S WHO IN BLACK CANADA, a BRAVO! channel documentary on his life, NOW magazine naming him "Toronto's Best Jazz Musician", CBC Radio Canada named him "one of the most recorded trumpet players in Canadian history", NPR in New York calls him "the new standard in electric jazz", the Trinidad & Tobago Consulate General awarded him with a citation for being a "Distinguished National of Trinidad", is listed by Air Canada as one of the "Top 10 reasons to visit Toronto".


Hear 9+ hours of selected tracks across Brownman Ali's entire career, both as leader and sideman in a wide range of styles and genres, via this SPOTIFY PLAYLIST :

Watch video from around the globe via this YouTube Archive :



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