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FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES -- Week 3 : "Plugged Nickel" - The Shorter Years

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Brownman & crew takes on the most adventurous, irreverent & risk-taking period of Miles' output, known as the 2nd Great Quintet.

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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 3 : "Plugged Nickel" - The Shorter Years

Two quintets in particular featuring 2 tenor saxophone giants dominated Miles' musical life almost exclusively from the mid 50's, right up until the 70's, one featuring John Coltrane and the other featuring Wayne Shorter. This period would feature an assortment of quintets and sextets all pushing the boundaries of improvisation within a simple modal framework, but the two teamings that would leave the world breathless would be those of Coltrane and Shorter. Of those two teamings it would be the Miles-Shorter pairing that would result in some of the most explosively creative & exploratory jazz in Miles' history. "Live at the Plugged Nickel" (Columbia / Legacy '65) continues to be a paramount recording in the great Miles lineage and considered by many to be some of the most ground-breaking jazz in history.

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Brownman Ali - trumpet (National Jazz Award winner)

Andy Ballantyne - tenor sax (Juno Award winner)

Nick Maclean - piano (Global Music Award Gold Medal winner)

Nick Arseneau - upright bass (Chronophobe / Contra-band)

Norbert Botos - drums (24-year old fast-rising jazz drumset star)

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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 ]

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