Toronto Jazz Fest Presents Snaggle at May Cafe FEAT Brownman Ali

The Toronto Jazz Festival proudly present:

Snaggle with special guest Brownman Ali

876 Dundas St West,

Show starts at 8:00pm


On June 23rd Snaggle's brash sound will once again be joined by acclaimed trumpet player Brownman Ali. Snaggle is a 6 piece funk-fusion ensemble that takes influences from Snarky Puppy, Miles Davis and everything in between. This ensemble juxtaposes gentle melodies with hard funk and ties it all together with some creative and exciting improvisation. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Brown (his full bio's below) -- he is an incredibly accomplished trumpet player, musician & composer and when he’s not touring the world with the titans of the music industry (Jay-z, Paul Simon, Dave Matthews Band to name only a few) he’s got some killer projects on the go including our favorite - the BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO. So make sure you don’t miss it, 8:00pm, $10 cover!




Often described as Canada’s answer to Snarky Puppy, Snaggle combines influences from jazz, rock, metal, classical and everything else they can get their hands to create their own brash and infectious brand of hard funk. With influences ranging from Miles Davis to Rage Against the Machine, Snaggle features a repertoire of exciting, dynamic and entirely original material. This all-star line up of players, including the fastest drummer in the entire world, are among some of the best 20-somethings on the scene and represent the next generation of Canadian talent.

As well as being a riveting live band, Snaggle is deeply committed to their educational outreaches to the community. This has taken the form of jazz improvisation workshops that Snaggle has been bringing to high school music programs across Southern Ontario for the past 3 years.

The band released their debut album September 2013 and is starting work towards their second album!




Born on the small Caribbean island of Trinidad, schooled in New York City under Grammy winner Randy Brecker’s watchful eye and now heralded as "Canada’s preeminent jazz trumpeter" by New York City’s Village Voice magazine, the ever dynamic Brownman tirelessly leads no less than 7 highly respected ensembles of his own. He is best known for his work as the featured soloist for GURU's JAZZMATAZZ, leader of Canada's premiere latin-jazz ensemble CRUZAO and for the electrified Miles Davis' influenced BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO (2007 National Jazz Award winner for "Electric Jazz Group of the Year"). Despite the demands of leading 7 groups he continues to be one of the most called upon trumpet players in the Canadian studio industry, his recording credits sitting at just over 300 records to date, making him one of the most recorded trumpet players residing in Canada.

From 2006 to 2010, Brownman was the featured soloist with the legendary New York City jazz-hip-hop artist GURU (of Gangstarr fame) for his JAZZMATAZZ ensemble, now occupying the position formerly held by the luminous Donald Byrd. His time with Guru has led to being one of the most called upon trumpet players in the hip-hop community, now having worked with the likes of Jay-z, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, Kool Herc and Eminem's D12 crew.

In December 2009 Brownman launched his own independent record label Browntasauras Records, with Brownman Electryc Trio's debut recording of Juggernaut as its flagship release, along with re-issues of his entire back-catalog from other groups he leads. The latest recording "Juggernaut" hit number 4 on the iTunes jazz charts in the USA and was called "the new standard in electric jazz" by NPR Radio, New York.

Since returning to Canada from NYC, he has been on the cutting edge of modern music in the nation for the last decade, winning multiple awards nationally, achieving international recognition while touring the globe and is widely considered to be a vanguard for the evolution of jazz in Canada.

Toronto Jazz Fest Presents Snaggle at May Cafe FEAT Brownman Ali

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