Please note the CONTACT NUMBERS for Damon are now :
0033 1 43 57 37 71
0044 (0) 7930 306 107 UK mobile
0033 (0) 682 657 093 French mobile
AND NOT THE NUMBER listed on the homepage.
AND you can also visit www.myspace.com/damonbrownjazz AND www.myspace.com/killershrimpjazz to hear many tunes and check current schedules .
'Out-standing composing and playing. Fresh original and to the point.'
'One of the UK's most versatile younger musicians,
Chris Parker, The Times.
'Brown plays some exhaltant solos...a trumpet player who likes to make every part of the line matter"
Penguin Guide to Jazz on Record
A "Ronnie Scotts" recording artist Damon Brown is one of the United Kingdoms leading Jazz musicians. His trumpet playing and composing have won him unanimous critical acclaim both at home and abroad.
Damon performs and tours internationaly with his band and
has also played with many great Jazz musicians including Steve Grossman , Benny Golson, Dave Liebman , Don Braden , Rubin Wilson, Steve Wilson, Bruce Barth and many others.
Damons background in Reggae and Funk have led to performances and recordings with Desmond Decker, The Specials, Rico Rodriguez , Prince Buster , Weldon Irvine , Paul Weller, Adam F and the Passadenas and Push
Damon Browns fourth C.D THE BIGGER PICTURE is released
by 33 Records.
Some of the many clubs and festivals that Damon has performed at with his group are listed below.
Ronnie Scotts - London (2001,02,03,etc)ENGLAND
The Duke du Lombard - Paris (2003) FRANCE
Cafe Central-Madrid...Jamboree-Barcelona (2000-03)- SPAIN
The Red Sea Festival(98)and Tel Aviv International Festival (guest soloist and composer 2000 )- ISRAEL
The Brecon International Jazz Festival with the
"Steve Grossman/Damon Brown Quintet" (2003)- WALES
The Blue Note Clubs in Tokyo ,Osaka and Fukuoka -guest soloist with "Workshy" (2002)- JAPAN
The Edinburgh and London Jazz Festvals and many more...
Go to PERFORMANCES for details of Damons gig schedule
The crossover with dance and pop culture has been an important factor in Damon's development as a composer. His style blends British and American influences in a highly personalised approach to jazz. While rooted firmly in the blue-note tradition his continued reference to wider musical settings creates complex and emotional music.
For his debut album as a leader, Damon brought together some of the most, talented and highly rated players from the British jazz scene. The original quintet was formed to introduce Damon's work to a wider audience, touring, extensively through out the UK in the spring of 1997. The enthusiastic response of audiences and critics alike led Damon to record the group's first album 'A Rhythm Indicative' (ZZCD 9806). Released in September 1998, it was received with unanimous praise.
In 1999, Damon Brown appeared with his band at The Red Sea International Jazz Festival in Israel sharing centre stage billing with Chick Corea and Kenny Garrett groups. That summer, Damon Brown also appeared at The Edinburgh International Jazz Festival (Scotland) and The Islington International Festival (London).
In 2000, Damon toured Europe with Italian pianist Antonio Ciacca and performed with Dave Liebman and Gary Smullian. In the spring he toured the UK again with his own quintet and played "The Jamboree" in Barcelona with his Quartet. In the summer Damon played his first week at "Ronnie Scott's Club in London. The Quintet has continued to perform at Ronnies every year. The Ronnie Scott's "Jazz House" label released "Blues On The Run" Damon's second album in February 2001. It is distributed by New Note Distribution.
Following the death of Stanley Turrentine, the Tel-Aviv Festival invited Damon to stand in as that years international jazz guest. Concerts followed in the Tel-Aviv and Haifa Museums of Modern Art .
Damon also played the "Camelot Club", Israel's premiere jazz venue and the album Good Cop - Bad Cop, co led by pianist Jonathon Gee and featuring Israeli musicians Yaki Levi and Yoron Yorai, was released in 2002.
In 2002 Damon released an album featuring Ska legend Rico Rodriguez, A Bigger Picture and toured the far east.
2003 saw performances with Benny Golson and Steve Grossman
among others and 2004 damon will be developing his standard repetoire touring with his band and also with the great guitar of Doug Rainey
Go to PERFORMANCES for Damons gig details