7:00pm - 10:00pm

@ Drom Taberna |

458 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A8


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"Performing organic jazz in the classic trio or quartet setting, this unit strives to embody the jazz improvising spirit of the 60's - communication. Playing selections of standards linked together in one organic mish-mash of sonic goodness, this unit brings classic jazz themes and powerful Brownman compositions into the new millenium"

- Scott McLaren, CHRY radio


Trinidadian-born multi-award winning jazz trumpeter BROWNMAN ALI brings his straight-ahead hard-swinging acoustic quartet to DROM TABERNA for a night of 50s & 60s jazz ala Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Duke Ellington and the great American jazz songbook. The group features 8x Global Music Award winner NICK MACLEAN on piano; and two of Canada's most in demand 20 somethings - bassist BEN DUFF, and Montreal drummer JACOB WUTZKE. Bandleader Brownman Ali has won 2 National Jazz Awards, a SOCAN award for composition, 4 Toronto Independent Music Awards, Montreal Jazz Fest's "Grand Prix du Jazz" award, an International Independent Music Award, is heralded as "Canada's preeminent jazz trumpet player" by the New York Village Voice and was named "one of the top 10 reasons to visit Toronto" by Air Canada. Jazz audiences will not want to miss this performance!

"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."

- Buffalo News

"... a truly gifted improviser with an original creative voice..."

- Gary Bartz, saxophonist with Miles Davis

"... uniquely creative and fearless - like a young Miles Davis"

- Guru, legendary hip-hop icon from Gangstarr/Jazzmatazz fame

"... virtuostic, energized and in the spirit of Miles Davis"

- Toronto's NOW Magazine

"Canada's preeminent jazz trumpet player"

- New York Village Voice

"One of the next great voices in the new generation of jazz improvisers"

- Randy Brecker, multi-grammy winning legendary trumpeter

WATCH Brownman playing Miles Davis' "Four"

WATCH Brownman playing Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island"

WATCH Brownman playing Dizzy Gillespie's "Night In Tunisia"


:: Brownman Ali - trumpet

:: Nick Maclean - piano

:: Ben Duff - bass

:: Jacob Wutzke - drums



Rarely in Canada amidst a frenetic global touring schedule with artists signed to his Brooklyn, New York based record label BROWNTASAURAS RECORDS (, Brownman Ali's bombastic and eclectic improvising style has brought him much respect with international artists across multiple diverse genres, and is now widely considered a vanguard for the evolution of jazz in Canada. Born in Trinidad, schooled in New York under the watchful eye of Grammy-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker, he is a highly decorated player, his various awards & accolades including 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, 6 Global Music Awards, 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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