BROWNMAN – the multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed jazz trumpet player from GURU’s JAZZMATAZZ comes to Vancouver for one night only to dazzle audiences with a night of both acoustic mainstream jazz & his signature NYC style electric-jazz sounds.
Sat June 13, 2009
5:00pm - Doors open for dinner
7:30pm - Set 1 (acoustic jazz ala Clifford Brown)
9:30pm - Set 2 (electric jazz ala late Miles Davis) 
CAPONES Live Jazz Club
1141 Hamilton St., Vancouver, B.C. | 604.686.7900 |
$20 at door
$15 advance (buy tickets online:
$10 students & seniors w/ I.D.
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Capones is proud to present the BROWNMAN QUARTET WEST, led by multi-award winning and highly celebrated Trinidadian-born jazz trumpet player Brownman, and backed by an all-star cast of some of the city’s top young jazz musicians.
BROWNMAN ............ trumpet (set 1), electric trumpet (set 2)
VICTOR NORIEGA ...... keyboards
ADAM THOMAS ......... acoustic bass (set 1), electric bass (set 2)
JOEL FOUNTAIN ....... drums
Victor Noriega
Adam Thomas
Joel Fountain

About Brownman:
Born on the small Caribbean island of Trinidad, schooled in New York City under Randy Brecker's watchful eye and now heralded as "Canada's preeminent jazz trumpeter" by New York City's Village Voice magazine, the ever dynamic Brownman tirelessly leading no less than 7 highly respected ensembles of his own spanning genres from be-bop to hip-hop.  He is best known for his work as the leader of Canada's premiere latin-jazz ensemble CRUZAO (winners of the 2001 Montreal Jazz Fest's "Grand Prix du Jazz award" & 5-time nominee at the National Jazz Awards for "Electric Jazz Group of the Year") and his electrified Miles Davis' influenced BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO (2007 National Jazz Award winner for "Electric Group of the Year").  He has garnered 11 nominations over the years at the National Jazz Awards (including 2 wins); Toronto's leading independant weekly NOW Magazine featured him as the cover story in 2003, naming him "Toronto Jazz Musician of the Year" in 2006 and "Toronto Jazz Trumpet Player of the Year" in 2007.  Despite the demands of leading 7 ensembles he is still one of the most called upon trumpet players in the studio scene; his long list of recording credits, more than 250 to date, make him one of the most recorded trumpet players in Canadian history.

He is currently the featured soloist with the legendary New York City jazz-hip-hop artist GURU's JAZZMATAZZ (of Gangstarr fame) and was, as a result, featured on the cover of CODA magazine, Canada's most acclaimed jazz magazine.  Since returning to Canada from NYC, he has been on the cutting edge of modern music in the nation for the last decade, winning multiple awards nationally, achieving international recognition while touring the globe, and widely considered to be a vanguard for the evolution of jazz in Canada.

Brownman has performed (or recorded) with the likes of John Scofield, Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Hunter, Gary Bartz, Danilo Perez, Gary Thomas, Hugh Fraser, Don Thompson, Kirk Macdonald, Pat Labarbera, Kelly Jefferson, Mike Murley, Marc Rogers, Daniel Barnes, William Carn, Shelly Berger, Rita Di Ghent, Gord Webster, Stich Wynston, Dave Matthews Band, The Philosopher Kings, Grüvoria, John Blackwell (drummer for Prince), GURU (of Gangstarr fame), KRS-1, DJ Kool Herc, Mos Def, Big Daddy Kane, Fito Blanko, Divine Earth Essence, The Pocket Dwellers, Juke Joint, Jason Wilson & Tabarruk, Chucho Valdes & Irakere, Dominicanada, Maninho Costa, Cruzao, Banda Bella, Energia Latina, Bestial, Ricky Franco, Cimarron, Macondo, Pacande, Dominicanada & far too many more to list here...

Awards & Accolades:
2008 Brownman Electryc Trio – Toronto Independent Music Award nominee for "Jazz Group of the Year"

2008 Brownman Electryc Trio – National Jazz Award nominee for "Electric Jazz Group of the Year"
2007 NOW Magazine names Brownman "Toronto Jazz Trumpet Player of the Year"
2007 Brownman Electryc Trio – National Jazz Award winner for "Electric Jazz Group of the Year"
2007 A staggering 5 nominations at the National Jazz Awards
2006 National Jazz Award nominee for "Latin-jazz artist of the Year"
2005 NOW Magazine names Brownman "Toronto's Jazz Artist of the Year
2003 Brownman & CRUZAO – Independent Music Award nominee for "Latin Group of the Year"
2003 MARRON MATIZADO awarded the SilverSPOT for "Best Toronto Salsa Band
2002 National Jazz Award for "Canadian Jazz Composer of the Year
2002 National Jazz Award nominee for "Jazz Trumpet Player of the Year"
2001 Brownman & CRUZAO win the coveted Montreal Jazz Fest's "Grand Prix du Jazz" award
2001 Brownman & CRUZAO awarded the CBC Galaxie "Rising Star" Award
3 time nominee for "Jazz Trumpet Player of the Year" (NJA).
Brownman & CRUZAO - 3 time nominee for "Electric Group of the Year" (NJA).

"Canada's preeminent jazz trumpet player"

- NYC's Village Voice

"... the most versatile hornman in Canada"
- Chicago Tribune

"... virtuostic, energized and in the spirit of Miles Davis"
- Toronto's NOW Magazine.

"One of the next great voices in the new generation of jazz improvisers"
- Randy Brecker, multi-grammy winning legendary trumpeter

"Brownman... Remarkable writing and burning energy"
- John Scofield, jazz guitar giant

"... uniquely creative and fearless - like a young Miles Davis"
- Guru, legendary hip-hop icon of Gangstarr/Jazzmatazz fame

"CRUZAO... deliciously quirky & invigorating... seethes with energy,
particularly showing off the skills of trumpeter Brownman Ali and his
brother Marcus on alto sax".
- Toronto Star

"Brownman & CRUZAO... the finest latin-jazz group Canada's ever produced"

"Brownman & CRUZAO breaks down the boundaries between latin, jazz and
urban music in the most innovative way I've seen yet. We may be looking at
the evolution of latin-jazz here."
- Memo Acevedo, NY University professor of Latin-jazz

"Nick Brownman Ali... a warm, personable soloist displaying an engaging
mix or quirks and lyricism."
- Toronto's Globe and Mail

"Brownman... Nick Ali... Marrón... this young trumpet player has as many names
as he has skills"
- Canada Picante Xpress Latin Magazine

"Energy is never in short supply in Brownman Ali's world. This Toronto/Trinidadian
trumpeter loves skipping from style to style almost as much as he digs mixing it up
with the jazz elite"
- CBC Radio Canada

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