Photo by Leroy Bannister

Photo by Leroy Bannister

Tenor saxophonist and pianist, ARI BROWN is a dynamic and important member of the Chicago avant-garde jazz scene. In addition, Ari’s technique and traditional jazz chops are highly expressive on both of his instruments. Ari has performed all over the world, touring with Elvin Jones, and working with musicians ranging from McCoy Tyner and Don Patterson to Sonny Stitt, Lester Bowie, Bobby Watson, and Anthony Braxton. He has been part of Kahil El’Zabar’s “Ritual trio” and is the go-to saxophonist for Orbert Davis’s Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.  Chicago Reader critic Peter Margasak calls Ari “A terrific saxophonist with a deep understanding of both bop’s complex rhythms and the wild expressionism of free jazz.” The Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich named Ari’s 2007 CD, Live at the Green Mill, one of the 10 best jazz CDs of the year. Performing with Ari are KIRK BROWN on piano, YOSEF BEN ISRAEL on bass, AVREEAYL RA on drums, and DR. CUZ on percussion.  

Website: http://greatblackmusicproject.org/en/registry/ari-brown