Saturday, February 1, 2014
The Original Brian Browne Trio featuring:
Brian Browne, piano
Sol Gunner, bass
Glenn Robb, drums
Admission $15 or
Seniors (60 & up) $10
GigSpace is excited to present this new concert series featuring senior jazz musicians from Ottawa and Gatineau. This series was created with the intent of preserving our jazz history by sharing the artists stories, photos, and a performance. Each concert will be recorded for archival purposes. We will be creating an archival page of photos and video footage for these concerts.
About Brian Browne: In 1969, CBC Television produced “The Jazz Piano”, a special arts programme featuring a select group of jazz pianists: Errol Garner, Bill Evans, Marian McPartland, and Brian Browne. A Canadian jazz pianist extraordinaire, Brian Browne has a unique natural gift for music that is manifested through a highly individual sense of musical artistry – a gift which granted Browne a certain membership to the distinguished company featured in the programme.
Brian Browne has produced seven recordings that have come to be treasured by those who possess them. “The Letter”, issued by Capital Recordings was a recognized hit. It featured the composition “Morning Noon and Night-time Too”, for which Browne won the coveted BMI Composition of the Year award in 1974. With a musical career that spans over fifty years, he has gained a reputation as a true Canadian jazz legend. Recently, he returned to Canada from a 10 year stay in New York City where his album “Live at Tramps” was recorded.
Originally from Montreal, Browne moved as a teenager to Ottawa, where his musical career soon began. By the age of eighteen he was playing in local clubs and soon had his own CBC radio programme. He studied at the Berklee School of Music and later won a scholarship to study with Oscar Peterson in Toronto. In 1986 he opened Zoe’s Lounge in Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier hotel and remained there for a year as musical director. He subsequently moved to New York City, where he spent several years actively in the music scene. With his return to Ottawa, long-time fans of Browne’s soulful, swinging piano sound are once again delighted by his local appearances.
Brian will be joined by long time friends and co workers bassist Sol Gunner and drummer Glenn Robb.
“I have to hand it to GigSpace, the intimate concert space on Gladstone Avenue, for coming up with a concert series with the laudable goal of preserving Ottawa’s jazz heritage” read Peter Hum’s Jazz Blog full article: Five Questions for Marilee Townsend-Alcorn about GigSpace’s Still Swingin’ series
We are delighted this series was made possible with a grant from the City of Ottawa.