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PAUL BROWN live at Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg

Guitar | Friday, September 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Paul Brown’s talent as producer/engineer have earned him two Grammy Awards and an impressive string of more than 40 number one hits on Radio & Records’ smooth jazz chart. In an illustrious career spanning over two decades, Brown has worked on projects for such influential artists as George Benson, Al Jarreau, Kirk Whalum, Patti Austin, Norman Brown, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Euge Groove, Boney James, Rick Braun, and Peter White, among many others.

Brown was born and raised in Los Angeles. He started playing drums at age five and picked up his first guitar two years later. After studying music and math at the University of Oregon, Brown returned to L.A. and began his rise to fame producing some of the biggest hits in contemporary jazz. In insider circles, Brown is known as “the Babyface of Smooth Jazz,” and rightly so. In 2004, he finally stepped out from behind the producer’s chair and released his debut CD “Up Front” which was followed up by four more albums. His latest CD is called “Love You Found Me” (2010).

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Saxophonist Ronnie Laws is one of the great figures in contemporary music. A master at fusing the more accessible harmonies of jazz with the beats and structures of R&B and soul music, Laws helped create the blueprint for modern contemporary jazz.

Born in Houston, Laws grew up in a musical environment: his brother, Hubert, is an esteemed jazz flautist and saxophonist, and his sisters, Eloise and Debra, are professional vocalists. Upon moving to L.A. in 1970, Laws found work right away with the Jazz Crusaders and Hugh Masekela before founding a soul band called Earth, Wind & Fire. He played with EWF for two years, appearing on their first album, before embarking on a solo career.

Laws began recording for Blue Note records in 1975, and started one of the best-selling strings of recordings in that label’s history, resulting in several gold records. Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of jazz with the broader reaching strains of soul and pop music, and he helped create some of the most popular cross-over hits of the 70’s jazz-funk fusion era.

Trumpeter Tom Browne has been working the New York jazz scene for over 35 years, and is widely respected for his warm tone and economic phrasing. After studying classical trumpet at the New York High School of Music and Art, Browne got his first taste of jazz playing in clubs. His first job came in Weldon Irvine‘s band, and soon Browne was learning next to people like Lenny White, Woody Shaw, and Freddie Hubbard. Browne came to prominence in Sonny Fortune‘s high-energy band of the late 1970s before stepping out on his own.

While working regularly in Manhattan clubs, Browne signed with GRP Records and recorded his debut record, Browne Sugar, in 1979. This record produced an enduring R&B hit in “Funkin’ For Jamaica” and set the stage for his subsequent gold-selling albums. For 1981′s Magic Browne received Billboard honors for Best Instrumentalist, Best Jazz Cross-Over, Best Jazz Artist-Trumpet and Best Jazz Solo Album.

For the last twenty years Browne has split his time between his job as an airline pilot and recording smooth jazz jazz records that paid homage to the music he grew up on.

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

Start: July 25, 2011 7:00 pm

End: July 26, 2011 7:00 pm