@ the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
5 July 2014
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Jaimeo Brown (pronounced jah-mayo) is emerging as one of the preeminent
drummers on the new creative music scene. Comfortable in any setting
from jazz club to arena concert, Brown began his drum career at
age 16 with his father bassist Dartanyan Brown and mother pianist
and woodwind specialist, Marcia Miget, and drum teacher, Sly Randolph,
himself a Bernard Purdie protégé from Harlem. A 2001
cum laude graduate of the vaunted jazz program at William Paterson
University, Jaimeo’s first offer after graduation was to take
the drum chair for the Charles Mingus Big Band.
In only 15 years, he has performed with a wide range of musicians
including Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Q-Tip, Carl Craig, Kenny
Garrett, Geri Allen, Greg Osby,Joe Locke Pharoah Sanders and Bobby
Hutcherson, with whom he established his national reputation at
19 years of age. According to Hutcherson “Jaimeo is the
kind of player, who allows me to play what I hear with no compromises,”
continuing he said, “His value as an artist lies
as much in his personality and respectful nature as it does in his
considerable talent as a percussionist.”
In addition to his own considerable talents as a drummer, clinician
and composer, Brown is also the leader of the a new circle of young
NYC musicians grounded in the African-American roots of their music
and committed to maintaining the community of like-minded musicians
dedicated to extending the music well into the new century.
Transcendence is a project that expresses his experiences living
in NY for the last 15 years. The songs express his worldview and
his own spiritual awakening. Being inspired by the Gee’s Bend
spirituals of Alabama, he wanted to bring light to their music and
artwork. “I focused on the music of the Gee’s Bend
community and the Black spiritual as the root of the material because
of its raw unfeigned expression,” said Brown. “Hope
is in abundance in these spirituals.” The innovative album
weaves a tapestry of African-American spirituals, along with East
Indian concepts, electronic textures, acoustic jazz and blues.
“Transcendence” also includes special guest pianists
Geri Allen and Kelvin Sholar, vocalist Falu, and his father, former
Chase bassist Dartanyan Brown, his mother Marcia Miget, his sister,
Marisha Rodriguez, and Jaimeo’s two-year-old daughter Selah.
This year (2014) marks Jaimeo Brown’s seventh album with
tenor saxophone giant Greg Tardy and his first recordings with vibraphonist
Joe Locke. These recordings, in addition to his solo effort will
extend his reputation for percussion that exudes taste and power.
Jazz At Lincoln Center in which Wynton Marsalis is the artistic
director, selected Brown to be a jazz ambassador in 2008. As an
ambassador, Brown gained extensive experience performing and educating
various audiences from around Europe, Eastern Asia and Africa.
Many Jazz musicians are known for their integrity when it comes
to their music, and Brown works hard to extend that integrity to
every area of his life. He has given countless hours in community
service in gritty sections of urban New Jersey giving free- or low-cost
music lessons to kids whose parents were unable to provide artistic
experiences for their children. He has been a teaching artist for
New Jersey Performing Arts Center for the last 10 years.
While receiving his bachelor’s degree and at William Paterson
University and Master’s at Rutgers University Brown had the
honour of studying under the tutelage of such great educators as
Rufus Reid, James Williams, Harold Mabern, Ralph Bowen, Stanley
Cowell and Victor Lewis who all served to establish the value of
educating younger musicians to the history, heritage and techniques
of improvisational music. In 2007 Brown received the prestigious
Ralphe Bunche Fellowship to pursue his Masters Degree at Rutgers.
In addition to onstage work, Brown has contributed program material
for a PBS original production of Ralph Ellison’s “King
of The Bingo Game” and the acclaimed documentary “Twenty
Feet From Stardom”. Brown’s work as a composer and arranger
has been performed by Rutgers big band at the Blue Note in NYC in
2008. Pianist Allen requested that Brown produce the song “Emmanuel”
using his concepts on her 2011 release, “A Child Is Born”
(Motéma Records). Brown was recently selected to be a TEDx
speaker in which he lectured on “What Will The Year 2113 Sound
Other musicians Brown has worked with include, Tom Harrell, Rufus
Reid, James Williams, Ronnie Cuber, James Moody, Harold Mabern,
Mark Whitfield, Brian Lynch, Carl Perazzo, Luisito Quintaro, Nat
Reeves, T.K. Blue, Stefan Harris, Bishop Norman Williams, Mel Graves,
Mel Martin, Mark Levine, Marcus Shelby, Ed Cherry, Kevin Jones,
Brian Horton, Sam Barsh, and Smith Dobson.