In their first-ever performance at Loosewig, the Christopher Brown Quartet will present a night of music that will showcase the wide-spread versatility of this music we call Jazz. And because this group has been performing regularly for several years, they possess a level of musical flexibility and nuance that's virtually unheard of within not only the PNW but also nationally and internationally. So while Christopher's music will be what brings us together, it's his hope that the quality of his music will also inspire us to engage one another in conversations related to the idea of excellence in all things, as it'll always be through such cultural practices as attending live performances that we're able to turn the dial closer to the realization of a music-culture that we can all take pride in here in Portland, OR.
After high school, Christopher enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a drummer for four years, which is also during the time that he began to really strengthen his professional networking base, beginning with his association with Ellis and Jason Marsalis while stationed in New Orleans. But after one short year in New Orleans, the Corps sent him to Parris Island, SC where at the recommendation of Ellis he began working periodically with the bassist Delbert Felix, formerly of the Branford Marsalis Quartet. And from that association he caught the attention of the legendary jazz bassist Ben Tucker, with whom he worked on and off with for three years. And finally, right before his discharge from active duty, he was afforded the opportunity to perform with Jazz legends Buddy Defranco and Terry Gibbs at the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, SC.
After leaving the Marine Corps in 1999, he moved up north where he would eventually settle in New Brunswick, NJ for the following 13 years. And it would be during this phase of his life where he would not only re-enlist into the military—this time as the principle saxophonist in the NJ Army National Guard—but also receive both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Jazz Studies/Performance from Rutgers University in 2004 and 2006 respectively. Also, in addition to being selected in 2002 to represent the U.S. in a Rutgers sponsored trip to perform in Fukui, Japan, he also received the Pee Wee Russell scholarship from the NJ Jazz Society in the same year. And following that, he was selected twice as the drummer for the intercollegiate all-star big band's performance at the NJ Music Educators Association annual convention (2003/2005). And lastly, his recording with Rutgers' Scarlet Knight Jazz Bones (led by Conrad Herwig), helped them take home the 2011 International Trombone Association's “Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition.”
In addition to his main passion as a drummer, he has also kept up his proficiency on the alto saxophone over the years, which consequently resulted in him having performed live with the great Ralph Peterson Jr. Quintet (2002) on channel six in NJ for one of their segments called “New Jersey Talking,” as well as having headlined as a saxophonist for both the 2007 PDX Jazz Festival (OR) and the 2010 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival (OR).
Christopher has performed or recorded with many of the world’s top recording artists, such as: Beyonce, Esperanza Spaulding, Liv Warfield, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Ray Charles, Jimmy Heath, Ralph Bowen, Ralph Peterson Jr., Conrad Herwig, Steve Turre, Paquito D’Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Charles Fambrough, Benny Golson, Bobby Watson, Craig Handy, Orrin Evans, Terry Gibbs, Buddy Defranco, Vincent Herring, Javon Jackson, Stanley Cowell, Wess Anderson, Antonio Hart, Paul Bollenback, David Sanborn, Geoff Keezer, Onaje Allen Gumbs, James Genus, Don Alias, Don Braden, Victor Goines, John Benitez, Anthony Wonsey, Jim Rotondi, Valerie Ponomarev, Delbert Felix, Ben Tucker, Virgil Jones, Vic Juris, Boris Koslov, John Stubblefield, Darren Barrett, Jon Gordon, Roseanna Vitro, Lonnie Plaxico, John Cowherd, Kenny Davis, Carla Cook, David Leibman, Ronnie Mathews, Sean Jones, Arturo O’Farrill, Randy Brecker, Chuck Israels, and more.
Please bring something to share and warm socks to wear.
This is a potluck jazz party event. Please bring something small to share with others (snacks, nuts, wine, etc.).
Please bring warm socks or house shoes. This is a shoes-off household.