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October 25, 2022

Jazz guitarist James Brown hits the Annesley stage with Mike Murley and Clark Johnston November 25

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BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — James Brown has received critical acclaim from CBC's Lauren Hancock, Producer of Saturday Night Jazz. His skills have been lauded by jazz writer and former Toronto Star editor Geoff Chapman and his modern jazz compositions have caught the eyes of several music industry rags, including The WholeNote and Making a Scene to name but a few.

Beginning his musical exploration with rock guitarists and jazz players of the seventies like Jim Hall, Ed Bickert and John Abercrombie, Brown brought modern classical, neoclassical and neoromantic influences to his craft. “I heard Bickert play at local clubs regularly in the 1990s and his style of playing was a revelation to me. As a classically trained musician who loved to compose, learning to improvise was irresistible,” said Brown describing his early development.

James Brown with Mike Murley and Clark Johnston

One of Canada's most talented and versatile musicians, James Brown recently released his latest offering Song Within the Story. It's the fourth studio CD in his catalogue which spans a career more than 30 years in the music business. Known for his blending of jazz rhythm section elements with more traditional classical instruments, Brown demonstrates the most distilled development of his personal composition style yet.

While the playlist contains an interesting selection of catchy upbeat melodies, there is a distinct bluesy undertone to the work. James also pays homage to a couple of favourite Canadian singer/songwriters with a moving version of Neil Young's The Needle and the Damage Done and a soulful rendition of A Case of You by Joni Mitchell.

After spending the summer touring the new music around the country, James Brown will bring his latest synthesis of jazz and European classical music to Markdale on Friday, November 25. Bandmates Mike Murley on tenor sax and Clark Johnston on bass will join him on stage at Annesley United Church for an evening of some very cool sounds. Music in Middle Grey begins at 7 pm. Tickets are available online for live in-person attendance ($24.74) or online viewing only ($23.00).


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