Born: December 2 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Trinidadian-born, NYC-schooled & heralded as “Canada’s preeminent Jazz trumpeter” by NYC’s Village Voice, multi-award winning trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI stands at the forefront of innovation in the Canadian jazz community. A protégé to his teacher, Grammy-winning trumpet legend, Randy Brecker, 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. In 2009 he launched his own record label: Browntasauras Records, which saw the Electryc Trio's flagship release Juggernaut shoot to number 3 on the iTunes USA jazz charts...
Awards:2012 Brownman Electryc Trio - Independent Music Award winner - "Jazz Group of the Year"
2012 Citation from the Trinidad High Commission for being a “Distinguished National of Trinidad”
2012 Brownman Electryc Trio named "2012 Group To Watch" by Resonancity magazine
2011 Brownman inducted into the "WHO'S WHO IN BLACK CANADA" National directory
2010 Brownman Electryc Trio - Independent Music Award nominee - "Jazz Group of the Year"
2010 Brownman Electryc Trio - Artvoice Magazine nominee for "Jazz Act of the Year"
2009 Brownman - named "favorite touring soloist" (w/ Jazzmatazz) by London, UK's Jazz After Dark
2008 Brownman Electryc Trio - Independent Music Award nominee - "Jazz Group of the Year"
2008 Brownman Electryc Trio - National Jazz Award nominee - "Electric Jazz Group of the Year"
2007 Brownman - NOW Magazine's "Toronto Jazz Trumpet Player of the Year"
2007 Brownman Electryc Trio - National Jazz Award winner - "Electric Jazz Group of the Year"
2007 Brownman - National Jazz Award nominee - "Musician of the Year"
2007 Brownman - National Jazz Award nominee - "Latin-jazz artist of the Year"
2007 Brownman - SOCAN National Jazz Award nominee - "Composer of the Year"
2007 Brownman - National Jazz Award nominee - "Instrumentalist of the Year" (flugelhorn)
2006 Brownman - National Jazz Award nominee - "Latin-jazz artist of the Year"
2005 Brownman - NOW Magazine's "Toronto Jazz Artist of the Year"
2004 Brownman & CRUZAO - Independent Music Award nominee - "Jazz Group of the Year"
2003 MARRON MATIZADO - "Best Toronto Salsa Band" (SalsaSPOT)
2002 Brownman - National Jazz Award winner - "Jazz Composer of the Year"
2002 Brownman - National Jazz Award nominee - "Jazz Trumpet Player of the Year"
2001 Brownman & CRUZAO - winner of the Montreal Jazz Fest's "Grand Prix Du Jazz Award"
2001 Brownman & CRUZAO - winner of the CBC Galaxie "Rising Star Award"
Brownman - 3 time nominee for "Jazz Trumpet Player of the Year" (NJA)
Brownman & CRUZAO - 4 time nominee for "Electric Group of the Year" (NJA)
— Randy Brecker, Grammy award winning trumpeter
... a great writer, energized trumpeter and thoughtful evolved soloist
— John Scofield, legendary jazz guitarist
... uniquely creative and fearless… like a young Miles Davis
— Guru, legendary hip-hop icon from Gangstarr/Jazzmatazz fame
... extraordinarily talented… a modernist for sure… a truly gifted improviser with an original creative voice
— Gary Bartz, saxophonist to Miles Davis in the 70's
... Canada's preeminent jazz trumpeter
— Village Voice, New York City
Brownman is the real deal... this abundantly talented young musician was handpicked by the late MC Guru to blow the sinewy lines that made his Jazzmatazz project such a groundbreaking hybrid of jazz and hip-hop... with each appearance the buzz surrounding the bold and electric Brownman style has grown in amplitude.
— Art Voice Magazine, New York
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 a 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.
— New York Post
... energy is never in short supply in Brownman'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
— NOW magazine, Toronto (cover story)
…deliciously quirky & invigorating... seethes with energy ...
— Toronto Star
... the most versatile hornman in Canada
— Chicago Tribune
... virtuostic, energized and in the spirit of Miles Davis
— National Post
... a warm, personable soloist displaying an engaging mix of quirks and lyricism.
— Globe and Mail
Brownman Ali's powerful electrified trio captures the essence of the later years in Miles Davis' life, his electric period, without imitation.
Brownman Electryc Trio plays with fire and intensity... every track executed with skill and feeling ... it's visceral and edgy… it recalls the music Miles Davis made in the early '70s.
— Errol Nazareth, The Toronto Sun
“It’s incredible the energy output these three men can generate... with only three of them on stage my ears would swear they were hearing a whole electrified orchestra”. — Toronto’s NOW Magazine (concert review)
Guru's Jazzmatazz trumpet player brings virtuosity and panache in jazz together in his Electryc Trio
— CBC Radio Canada
Brownman's Electryc Trio is lively, entertaining and hip ... the atmosphere is seriously funky ... the music's muscular and quick, much of it thrilling...
— Whole Note Magazine
“It’s hard to imagine this trio being more in the pocket, more energetic.”
— Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen
Brownman... Ali... Marrón... this young trumpet player has as many names as he has skills
— Canada Picante Xpress Latin Magazine
Brownman Electryc Trio, Gravitation (Browntasauras Records, 2013)
Brownman Electryc Trio, Juggernaut (Browntasauras Records, 2009)
Brownman Electryc Trio, Live Concert Sampler (Browntasauras Records, 2007)
Brownman & CRUZAO, Frosty El Cubano (Browntasauras Records, 2005)
Brownman & GRUVASYLUM, Limited Edition Live (Browntasauras Records, 2003)
Brownman & CRUZAO, Shades Of Brown (Browntasauras Records, 2002)
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