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Rich Brown

Rich Brown has been an active member of Toronto’s culturally diverse music scene since 1992. He has released 3 albums as a leader, and currently tours with New York based saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. Rich has performed with some of the finest musicians in the world including Donny McCaslin’s Casting for Gravity, Vijay Iyer, Dapp Theory, Steve Coleman & 5 Elements, James “Blood” Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Andy Narrell, Angelique Kidjo, Hermeto Pascoal, Kim Mitchell, David Clayton Thomas, and Bruce Cockburn to name a few. He has appeared in the feature film “Glitter” starring Mariah Carey and the made for TV movie “The Natalie Cole Story” starring Natalie Cole as well as the television series “Soul Food”. Rich currently leads his own band The Abeng and his latest album Abeng was nominated for a Juno award for Album of the Year. Rich has appeared on over 60 recordings ranging from Jazz to Funk to Latin to traditional Asian and Arabic music.

Rich’ solo bass performance dedicated to French/Vietnamese guitarist Nguyên Lê

Rich holding down the low end of this arrangement of ‘Turn Your Lights Down Low’

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