Jamie Brownfield

Jamie Brownfield, 23, hails from the village of Llanrhaeadr Y.M. in Mid Wales. He started on the cornet aged 9 playing in the local brass band and by the time he was 12 was performing jazz in public, guesting wherever he could at local jazz clubs. In 2005, when Jamie was 13, he formed his first band 'The JB Quintet' and the following year recorded his first CD 'No Animals Were Harmed......' Jamie has been playing professionally now for many years and is available for any event or session work, playing all styles of jazz from New Orleans to Bebop!

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The Brownfield/Byrne Quintet (Kendal Jazz Club 2012)
From the moment that I heard Liam Byrne warming up his tenor with a beautiful version of 'Nuages' I knew we were in for a musical treat from the Brownfield-Byrne Quintet. And so it proved, with these five young guys springing surprise after pleasant surprise with both their choice and treatment of material. Although I knew from their reputation and from YouTube sampling that they had an unusual respect for their jazz ancestors, I most certainly didn't expect their first offering to be 'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans', nor their third one to be 'Singing the Blues' - (Bix, not Steele) In fact, that was one of the highlights of the first half, starting with a delightfully harmonised version of the Bix/Trumbauer intro, and featuring contrasting solos from Liam, who played very much in period, and Jamie Brownfield, who soloed in the bop idiom while suggesting that Bix might have done something similar had he been spared. Such contrasts were the cloth from which the night was tailored, because the following number was 'Dig', written by bop altoist Jackie MacLean, but which turned out to be a variant of 'Sweet Georgia Brown' with a dash of 'I Didn't Know What Time It Was' thrown in. Then it was back to well-loved standards with ' I Can't Give You Anything but Love' featuring an outstanding duet between bassist Nick Blacka and a tightly muted Jamie. The first half finished with two more contrasting tunes: 'Dianily', based on 'Indiana' with intro and outro in true Parker/Gillespie unison bop mode, and then 'Better Go', a relaxed mid-period mid-tempo blues written by Harry Edison which gave the whole band an opportunity to stretch out

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