Rayford Griffin's Reflections of Brownie, a contemporary take on the music of Clifford Brown at Catalina Jazz Club!
Thursday July 27, 2017
Rayford Griffin, bandleader / drums
Michael Hunter, trumpet
Keith McKelly, sax
Hans Zermuehlen, keys
Maurice Ellis, bass
Catallina Jazz Club
6725 W. Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
$20 per ticket, plus two drink, or dinner minimum
RSVP: (323) 466-2210
Purchase Tickets online: www.catalinajazzclub.com
RAYFORD GRIFFIN REFLECTIONS OF BROWNIE
World class drummer Rayford Griffin's tribute to his uncle, the late great trumpeter Clifford Brown. Blending the old with the new, this contemporary jazz offering re-imagines and updates the Clifford Brown classics and other titles from the hard bop era. By Chris DiGirolamo, TwofortheShowMedia.com
The latest tribute is a touching album by one of Brown's nephews, Rayford Griffin, an accomplished drummer who works with Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz. Griffin's album is unique in that it pays tribute through re-invention. – By Brian Zimmerman, DownBeat.com
The fiery performances are climaxed by Brown's composition "Joy Spring" and a dazzling series of solos that pay tribute to the maturity of Brown's compositional integrity. Overall, Rayford Griffin does his uncle proud and after hearing Reflections of Brownie, you will smile that proud smile too. – By Paula Edelstein AXS.com
Rayford Griffin & Reflection of Brownie is a tribute to Rayford's Uncle "Clifford Browne". The newly released CD is hot and now being played on Jazz Stations across the board. Check out Jazz Week's "Biggest Gainers" http://www.jazzweek.com/charts/.
It was the drum solos of Art Blakey and Max Roach on albums by his late, lamented uncle, trumpeter Clifford Brown, that lured Rayford to the drums.
Rayford Griffin has been internationally respected as among the most inventive, volcanic and versatile drummers in music, having amassed stellar credits with virtuosos ranging from Jean-Luc Ponty and The Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, to Dave Koz, Anita Baker and Michael Jackson.
This amazing percussionist, composer and producer has roots that extend back to the most revolutionary era of jazz – be bop – thanks to his uncle: the great trumpeter/composer Clifford Brown. Indeed, it was being made pridefully aware of his uncle's music very early in life by his aunt Larue Brown Watson (Clifford's widow) and studying it that deeply influenced Rayford to become the far reaching musician that he is today. In that spirit, Rayford is in the process of completing Reflections of Brownie – his second album as a leader and his first since 2003's Rebirth of the Cool – in a loving and fittingly innovative fashion.
Rayford was raised on a steady diet of uncle Clifford's classics, the symphonic soul of Isaac Hayes, the earth blues basics of Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Miles, and the revolutionary jazz-rock fusion of Billy Cobham and Lenny White.
CATALINA JAZZ CLUB
Catalina Bar & Grill has certainly lived up to its slogan "Nothing But The Best In Jazz" by presenting a veritable Who's Who of jazz legends such as Dizzie Gillespie, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Ray Brown, Joe Williams, Max Roach, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Ron Carter, Joe Henderson, Benny Carter,Tony Williams, Joe Zawinul, Marcus Miller, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Scott and many more.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Catalina Jazz Club 6725 W. Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028
Ages: All Ages Price: $20 Discount: 1/2 price with student ID Tickets website