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Jaimeo Brown Transcendence; Monday, October 21, 2013


Jaimeo Brown Transcendence
Monday, October 21, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…transcends time and form…” – JazzTimes

It’s not everyday that a jazz record is inspired by a quilt, but the quilts of Gee’s Bend, Alabama are not ordinary quilts, and the album Transcendence by Jaimeo Brown (pronounced jah-mayo) is not an ordinary jazz album. On Transcendence, the 34-year-old drummer has created an amalgam of modern jazz, southern black spirituals and Indian music. Often based around recorded samples of the celebrated Gee’s Bend Quilters (who sing spirituals while they quilt), the songs are augmented by guitarist/producer Chris Sholar and saxophonist JD Allen, creating a striking musical tapestry.

Comfortable in any setting from jazz club to full-blown arena concert, Brown began his musical career at age 16, inspired by his bassist father and pianist mother. A 2001 cum laude graduate of the vaunted jazz program at William Paterson University, Jaimeo’s first gig offer after graduation was the drum throne of the Charles Mingus Big Band. Since then, he has performed with a wide range of legendary musicians, including Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Q-Tip, Kenny Garrett, Geri Allen, Pharoah Sanders and Bobby Hutcherson. According to Hutcherson, “Jaimeo is the kind of player who allows me to play what I hear, with no compromises…his value as an artist lies as much in his personality and respectful nature as it does in his considerable talent as a percussionist.”

In addition to these considerable talents as a drummer/percussionist, as a clinician and composer, Jaimeo is a leader in the new circle of young New York City-based musicians grounded in the African-American roots music, and those dedicated to furthering the music well into new generations.

 Transcendence highlights a strong musical alliance between Brown, Allen and Sholar, who have all been inspired by the Gee’s Bend spirituals of Alabama. These compositions serve to bring a deserved spotlight on their music and artwork. “I focused on the music of the Gee’s Bend community and the Black spiritual as the root of the material, because of its raw unfeigned expression,” says Brown. “Hope is in abundance in these spirituals.

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence


DATE: Monday, October 21,2013
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Maureen McFadden

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