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FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES -- Week 1: "Young Miles" - The Bird Years

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Brownman investigates the late 40's height of bebop when a young Miles Davis would be drafted into the legendary Charlie Parker's band.

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Every Saturday in March multi-award winning trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI (2x National Jazz Award winner) will lead 5 different all-star ensembles through 5 historic eras of jazz which Miles Davis catalyzed & immortalized with his presence.

[ www.Miles.Brownman.com for full series info ]

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"Brownman Ali ... one of the greatest interpreters of Miles Davis' work in Canada."

-- Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator

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FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES -- Week 1 :

"Young Miles" - The Bird Years

At 17 years of age Miles would travel across the river from his home in East St.Louis, Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri to hear well-known jazz musicians play in clubs. Mesmerized by their talent and style, he would listen to their all night jam sessions until Charlie "Bird" Parker arrived in St. Louis with the Billy Eckstine Band in 1944. Bird was the creative force behind a new form of jazz later to be dubbed "bebop" and the young Miles would become fascinated with it's complex melodic and harmonic structure leading Miles to follow Bird across the country until he was allowed to substitute for his trumpet player at the time - Dizzy Gillespie. His tenure as Bird's sideman would most exemplify this hard-swinging period of his life.

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Brownman Ali - trumpet (National Jazz Award winner)

Nick Morgan - alto sax (Grand Prix Du Jazz nominee)

Adrean Farrugia - piano (Juno nominee / Mohawk faculty

Jesse Dietschi - upright bass (Nick Maclean Quartet / Sugar Devils)

Tyler Goertzen - drums (Nick Maclean Quartet / Koopa Troop)

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Brownman, when asked about the tribute and the musicians behind the music, states, "For those who appreciate jazz as a true art form, FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES represents a rare opportunity to understand it's greatest legend's career, where he could have gone and a reminder of what he might have meant to us today. I'm truly honoured to be fronting this sequential tribute and performing with such a monsterous cross-section of players." Brownman has put together a spectacular all-star cast for his production featuring everyone from award-winning Canadian jazz veterans Andy Ballantyne, Nick Morgan & Frank Botos, to luminaries in his own generation such as Adrean Farrugia & Ross MacIntyre to the best of the youngest new breed of jazz modernists like Nick Maclean, Matt Lagan, Jacob Aylward & Norbert Botos. This year will also feature in Week 5 acclaimed rapper Ayrah Taerb (formerly Ase Eschu Bafamet and member of Brownman's GRUVASYLUM SYNDICATE), DMC World Turntable Champion DJ Dopey and new Brownman Electryc Trio bass phenom Sean Dennis -- making the Week 5 ensemble an all-star jazz-hip-hop affair. "Whatever age, whatever background, whatever colour - we're all going to be giving all of ourselves over to Miles’ music… to try and do the man and his vision justice”, Brownman concludes.

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FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES runs all through March!

Sat-Mar-02 : Week 1 - "Young Miles" - The Bird Years

Sat-Mar-09 : Week 2 - "Birth Of The Cool" - Post-Bop Miles

Sat-Mar-16 : Week 3 - "Plugged Nickel" - The Shorter Years

Sat-Mar-22 : Week 4 - "Bitches Brew to Tutu" - Electric Miles

Sat-Mar-30 : Week 5 - "Doo-bop" - Had He Lived…

[ www.Miles.Brownman.com for full series info ]

ABOUT BROWNMAN:

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. He tirelessly leads 8 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, his 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", 3 Toronto Independent Music Awards for "Jazz Artist Of The Year" (9 nominations), a Black Canadian Award nomination for "Jazz Musician of the Year", an induction into the WHO'S WHO IN BLACK CANADA, a Caribbean Music Award nomination, 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" and he has been listed by Air Canada as one of the "Top 10 reasons to visit Toronto".

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