The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

July 5, 2013

New York saxophone player to perform in Fairfield July 27

By CHERIL VERNON
Palestine Herald-Press

FAIRFIELD — New York-city based saxophonist Ezra Brown, who has backed up numerous Grammy Award-winning artists, will return to Fairfield to headline an intimate concert on July 27.

The concert will be held at Healthy Rhythm Community Art Gallery, located at 127 S. Mount St. on the square in downtown Fairfield. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

“This is an encore performance for the extremely talented Grammy-backing saxophonist. He was here in Fairfield back in November to a sold-out crowd,” Healthy Rhythm Community Art Gallery owner/curator Ken Vail told the Herald-Press Wednesday. “Our goal is to bring live music Central and East Texas and we encourage everyone to come out.”

The live music event will be limited to 50 reserved seats. A few standing-room only spaces may be available closer to showtime.

Brown is known for his music style — an eclectic mix of gospel, blues, jazz, r&b, soul and hip-hop that he calls “soul muzik” — a culmination of southern comfort and urban grit.

As a saxophonist, keyboardist, music director and arranger, Brown has collaborated with a broad spectrum of industry greats. He has worked with an impressive list of Grammy Award winning artists – Cassandra Wilson, John Forte, Dorothy Moore, Charlie Daniels and Miki Howard.

His works also includes Grammy nominated artists — Les Nubians, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Brass Construction, Wilson Pickett, Gavin DeGraw, Calvin Richardson, Ryan Shaw, Gordon Chambers and Latin artist, CuCu Diamantes.

On the world stage, Brown is just as comfortable as he is when he’s at home — evident in his performance with Italian pop sensation Jenny B.

Most recently, he has lent his talents to the albums of two international artists — jazz organist and pianist Matthias Bubiath and Sony Music-represented Japanese pop singer JUJU.

Constantly fine tuning his artistic expression, Brown is currently involved in several projects. He serves as music director for Blue Nefertiti (one-half of the group Les Nubians); a member of The Mighty Embassy Ensemble for up-and-coming hip-hop artist Blitz the Ambassador; and a band member for Cheryl Pepsii Riley at The Village Underground in New York City, one of the top R&B open mic nights in the country.

Brown can be heard on MTVu’s Live Sessions, where he is featured with Blitz the Ambassador on John Forte’s “Breathe” video on MTVu; and ESPN World Cup 2010 playlist Blitz the Ambassador’s “Something To Believe In.”

The Fairfield concert will mark the release of Brown’s new CD that will be out in late July. The CD will be available for purchase at the show.

Local saxophonist Janette Gibson will open the show.

A private after-show party is planned.

Tickets are discounted to $35 through Friday, July 12. After July 12, tickets will be $50 for individuals, $75 for couples and $25 for children age 13 and under.

Tickets are available at the gallery, open Monday through Saturday noon to 6:30 p.m. or online at healthyrhythmcommunityartgallery.bigcartel.com. Tickets also can be paid by credit card by calling Vail at 323-270-6284. There is a $5 service charge for credit card purchases for this event.

This will be a ticketless event. A master guest list will be used. Once reserved seats have been purchased online, e-mail the names of all people who will be attending to Vail at healthyrhythm@gmail.com. Put “Ezra Brown online purchase” in the subject line of the email.

The Healthy Rhythm Community Art Gallery showcases artwork from a diverse group of artists. The gallery also houses a coffee bar/lounge and a live performance venue.