JERI BROWN

Friday July 13th, 11:15pm
The Carleton

 

Jeri Brown has earned a reputation as one of jazz’s most outstanding "artistic" vocalists. With many fine musicians who are labeled "artistic," it’s sometimes overlooked how richly musical, thoroughly accessible and enjoyable their music can be. Jeri Brown is focused, ambitious, daring and intent upon creating music that is both well conceived and honest. Brown is well known for performing and recording with passion and dedication.

Committed to the legacy of vocal jazz, Ms. Brown’s performances fill the historical spectrum of classic American songbook themes, original jazz compositions, and contemporary world themes with intense vocal improvisations, and include collaborations with diverse, legendary jazz artists.
Jeri Brown has performed or recorded with such musicians as Leon Thomas, Betty Carter, Oscar Brown Jr., John Hicks, Grady Tate, Kirk Lightsey, John B. Williams, Ellis Marsalis, Erik Truffaz, David Murray, John Blake, Jr., D.D. Jackson, Craig Handy, Billy Hart, Kenny Werner, Pierre Michelot, John Betsch, Alain Jean-Marie, James Williams, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Fred Hersch, Stephen Scott, Tony Suggs, Michel Donato, Roy McCurdy, Winard Harper, Chico Freeman, Joe Lovano, Duane Eubanks, Cyrus Chestnut, Dr. Billy Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Avery Sharpe, Rufus Reid, Yoron Israel, Gerry Gibbs, Mon David, Vic Vogel, Michel Donato, Don Thompson, Seamus Blake and Jimmy Rowles.

As an avant-garde vocalist Jeri’s commitment to improvisation is evidenced by consistent recordings and performances of new and established composers including Kenny Wheeler, Kirk Lightsey, Avery Sharpe, John Blake Jr., David Murray, D. D. Jackson, Kenny Werner, Cyrus Chestnut, John Betsch, Alain Jean-Marie, Jobic Le Masson, Pierre de Bethmann, Fred Hersch, Craig Handy and Erik Truffaz. Always interpreting song with her unique artistry, Jeri’s tribute performances have included Nina Simone, Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Angela Bofill, Roberta Flack and Mahalia Jackson.

Her current theatrical performance project First Ladies of Jazz celebrates some of Jeri’s favorite artists and demonstrates Jeri’s commitment to vocal education and performance art.

Venue highlights in Europe: Cluj Opera House (Romania), La Villette Performance Hall (Paris), Italia Concert Hall (Genoa), Jazz à Vienne Roman Amphitheatre (France), San Sebastian Amphitheatre (Spain); La Villa (Paris); in U.S. and Canada: Blue Note (NY), Kennedy Center (DC), Glenn Gould Theatre (Toronto); Culver Arts Center (TX), Jazz Standard (NY), Sweet Basil (NY), Blues Alley (NY), Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts, Bakers (MI), Salle Gésu (Montreal), Place des Arts (Montreal), Spectrum (Montreal), Club Soda (Montreal), and Senator (Toronto).

Festival highlights in U.S. and Europe: Litchfield Jazz Festival (CT), Akbank Jazz Festival (Turkey), Jazz à Vienne (France), Parthenay Jazz Festival (France), Montauban Jazz Festival (France), San Sebastian Jazz Festival (Spain), Cascais FNAC Festival (Portugal), Cleveland Jazz Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival; in Canada: Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, and Atlantic Jazz Festival.

In 2001, Jeri Brown created her own record label, Jongleur Productions, committed to providing a forum for the creation of music yet untapped by Ms. Brown as well as for her productions with new or lesser-known talent worldwide. The first successful release from Jongleur – Sempre Nina: A Tribute to Nina Simone – received rave reviews and features Jeri with Canadian guitarist Al Sutherland. Her most recent release – Storytelling – with American west coast pianist Woody Woods was nominated for Canada’s East Coast Music Award in 2012. Other Jongleur projects have included: Jeri Brown Live in Paris 2008, featuring Paris performances at the Sunside Jazz Club with band members Jobic Le Masson (piano), Peter Giron (bass) and legendary drummer John Betsch along with Radio France concert recordings with Pierre de Bethmann on piano. The 2010 release of Improvisations in Song received similar acclaim and features Jeri Brown with guest Canadian guitarist Roddy Ellias. Other Jongleur releases include: Brown Stew with Jesse Stewart, Duets with pianists Simon Sloutsker and Janna Maraala, Jeri Brown: Vocal Artistry–First Ladies of Jazz, and Jeri Brown: Tribute to Duke Ellington. Jeri records annually on Jongleur label while continuing her recording presence with Justin Time Records. New Wonderland, Jeri's tenth album for Justin Time Records, was released in spring of 2007. Jeri Brown's latest work placed her in the chair of producer of the 3 day run of the February hit - Vera's Lament which featured Woody Woods, Corey Adams, Linda Carvery, Julio Fernandez and Brigitte Aucoin, receiving reviews. Jeri's avant garde ensemble Jongleurs were featured earlier this year during the Open Waters Festival with Jeri Brown on voice and vocoder, Holly Arsenault on pno, and Lukas Pearse on bass and electro-acoustics.