Brownman Electryc Trio nominated for a TIMA!

The Brownman Electryc Trio has been nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award in the “Best Jazz” category. The BET’s most recent record Gravitation was released June 2013 and features a plethora of great bassists, including Damian Erskine. Daryl Angier, former editor-in-chief of CODA Magazine, described me as “one of Toronto’s most 20-something electric bassists” in the album’s liner notes and it has been a blast to be a part of this band for the last year and a bit. Onwards and upwards!

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Festival Season Approaches

So now that summer is upon us, it means that festival season is just around the corner. These are the festivals you can find me at:

June 21 – Toronto Jazz Festival w/ Bruce Cassidy Hotfoot Orchestra @ Dominion on Queen, Toronto
June 27 – Toronto Jazz Festival w/ DC Sound Collective @ Placebo Space, Toronto
June 28 – Toronto Jazz Festival w/ Brownman Electryc Trio @ May Cafe, Toronto
July 18 – Waterloo Jazz Festival w/ Brad Cheeseman Group @ Waterloo Public Square
July 24/25/26 – Beaches Jazz Festival w/ Brownman Electryc Trio @ Arts On Queen, Toronto
August 17 – Prince Edward County Jazz Festival w/ Chelsea McBride Quartet @ St. Andrew’s Church, Picton
August 22 – Niagara Jazz Festival w/ Brownman Electryc Trio @ Stratus Vineyards, Niagara Falls

There may (hopefully) be a few others to announce in the coming weeks. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Gigs

Here are a few upcoming gigs around Toronto to check out:

Fri. Mar 28 – DC Sound Collective @ Placebo Space. This is the DCSC’s first gig in a very long time and Devin has written some really interesting new music. Devin Chubb (tbn), Chelsea McBride (ts), Paul Barton (gt), Tyler Goertzen (dr).

Sun. Apr 13 – Orbitals @ The Emmet Ray. Every second Sunday at the Emmet Ray, you can hear some improvised music performed by myself, Jon Shearsmith (gt), Darryl Joseph-Dennie (kb) and Jordan Zagerman (dr). Tunes by all of us and the odd standard thrown in for good measure.

Sat. Apr 19 – Ali Bros @ May Cafe. Electric jazz in the vein of Brecker Brothers, led by Brownman Ali (trumpet, korg, effects) and Marcus Ali (alto sax, effects) joined by myself and Marito Marques (drums).

Tues. Apr 29 – Brad Cheeseman Group @ The Rex. You’ll definitely hear more about this one in the coming weeks, but we’re very much looking forward to our Rex Hotel debut. Lorenzo Castelli (dr), Robert Chapman (gt), Sam Kogen (kb), Chelsea McBride (ts).