Alexander Brown: Horns, Harmonies and Afro-Cuban Rhythms

Published on Monday June 1st 2015

Cuban-born trumpet player Alexander Brown is a jazz musician who regularly explores new terrain. He received his Master’s degree in Classical Music from the Instituto Superior de Artes, one of Cuba’s foremost institutions, in 1997 and taught trumpet there until 2005. During that time, Brown also toured the world with a number of prestigious Cuban ensembles. Since relocating to Toronto, he has played with many of the city’s jazz greats, and become one of its most talked-about trumpeters.

On March 25, with the support of the TD Discovery Series Special Projects initiative created by Toronto Downtown Jazz, Alexander Brown and the quintet of Luis Deniz (alto sax), David Restivo (piano), Roberto Occhipinti (bass), Amhed Mitchel (drums), and Christopher Butcher (trombone) came together to perform songs from Brown’s album The Process. They also treated the Lula Lounge audience to brand new compositions, blending modern jazz with rich harmonies and Cuban rhythms.

Watch the video above to enjoy some of their remarkable performance.