Albina Music Trust & Brown Branch present A Holiday Tribute To Count Basie
Celebrate this holiday season with a musical tribute to Count Basie, led by the Brown Branch Big Band featuring directors Domo Branch and Charlie Brown III. These shows will highlight the compositions of Count Basie and his orchestra with a modern twist. In its third season of holiday performances, the Brown Branch Big Band returns once more to rouse audiences with their swinging big band sounds steeped in the holiday spirit.
The Brown Branch Big Band features an all-star lineup of Portland musicians, including saxophonists Max Roark, Kevin Oliver, Mieke Bruggeman, Devin Phillips, Hailey Niswanger; trombonists Kyle Molitor, James Powers, Adriana Wagner, Denzel Mendoza; trumpeters Noah Simpson, Abner Deltle, Cameron Formanczyk, Justin Copeland; Bassist Finn Jones, Guitarist Jack Radsliff, Domo Branch on drums; and Charlie Brown III on the piano.
A Portland native now hailing from Manhattan, Domo Branch is a drummer, composer, and educator alum from the Manhattan School of Music. He has quickly established himself as one of the world’s top up-and-coming drummers, having performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Sean Jones, Stefon Harris, Ron Artis II, Dianne Reeves, Terance Blanchard, and Taylor Eigsti. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Monterey Jazz Festival, Caramoor Jazz Festival, Rose Hall Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York’s Jazz Standard, and more. He has led jazz workshops for high school and university students on the East and West Coasts.
A Portland native, Charlie Brown III is a musical director, producer, and keyboardist whose work has gained international renown in recent years. Brown has gained wider exposure when producing for mainstream rap artist, Aminé, and has since become a fixture in the tight-knit live unit supporting Memphis-based bass guitar prodigy, MonoNeon. Pushing the boundaries of jazz and new music, Brown does so with a unique knack for both composition and improvisation in the studio. He has produced and directed for regional artists such as Reva Devito and Blossom and currently splits time between Portland and the international touring circuit.
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