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Maurice Brown & Free Nationals with India Shawn
Wednesday, September 15, 2021$40 – $50
Seatings: 6:30pm & 8:15pm
Doors open 30 minutes early.
JAZZ@theEDGE Festival! Featuring: Maurice Brown, Jose Rios, T.Nava and India Shawn
Trumpet sensation Maurice “Mobetta” Brown orbits simultaneously through three worlds: contemporary jazz, blues-rock, and cutting-edge hip hop. Maurice is a mastermind as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer. When Maurice picks up his horn, his soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries be-bop to hip-hop and rock, producing his own distinctive sound.
The Chicago area native won the national Miles Davis Trumpet Competition as a teenager, followed by a move to Louisiana to study under legendary clarinetist Alvin Batiste. His critically acclaimed debut, “HIP TO BOP”, recorded in New Orleans, foreshadowed Brown’s unique talent for creating fresh bop-inflected jazz with an urban pulse. Hurricane Katrina forced Maurice to relocate, taking his horn to New York where he established himself by recording with Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, De La Soul, Macy Gray, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lettuce and The Roots.
His second album, “THE CYCLE OF LOVE” was named by NPR and the Huffington Post as one of the best records of the year. Brown embraced his be-bop roots with hip hop hooks and laid raw his dogged insistence on charting his own musical course after a life uprooted post-Katrina. Maurice was then invited to join the newly formed Tedeschi-Trucks band where he won a Grammy for his horn arrangements on the band’s debut album, “Revelator”. His trumpet was a wailing counterpoint to Derek Truck’s searing guitar wizardry and became a staple of TTB sound.
Brown’s immersion into hip hop as musician/producer/lyricist culminated into the 2014 release of “MAURICE vs. MOBETTA”. This groundbreaking alter-ego album remixed The Cycle of Love with fresh and innovative hip hop beats. Brown’s jazz roots were enhanced through the lens of a hip-hop perspective. Talib Kweli, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Consequence and Jean Grae’s spitting rhymes are met by Mobetta’s own, while his trumpet circles effortlessly throughout every track.
Brown left TTB to reignite his solo career as a musician/producer, setting up a second home in Los Angeles while performing internationally and producing tracks for Talib, Omar and Prodigy. Maurice’s third album “The Mood” mixed his instinctive jazz roots, soulful melodies and vocals, including the politically charged Stand Up, with guest artist Kweli and Maurice trading vocals powered by his potent trumpet.
In 2018, Maurice joined Grammy award-winning superstar Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals on their worldwide tours. He also performed on Ramsey Lewis and Kenny Garrett’s recent albums, while making his Broadway debut with Dave Chappelle along with .Paak and bassist extraordinaire, Thundercat. Maurice partnered with jazz megastar Kamasi Washington for his run of sold-out shows at Hollywood Bowl, Barclay’s Center and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Most recently, Maurice composed the horn arrangements on Grammy award-winning rapper Logic’s latest album. He has also appeared on the Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel, The Daily Show and The Colbert Show.
The Maurice “Mobetta” Brown sound has become mainstream as he charts his own musical course with constant evolution, crossover fluidity, coupled with an intuitive vision that lights a fire under traditional jazz, adds sonic brass to rock ‘n’ roll and creatively pushes the production envelope in hip hop.
A funk-fluent jazz/R&B band based in Los Angeles, Free Nationals recorded and performed extensively with Grammy-winning artist Anderson .Paak before they branched out with a self-titled album in 2019.
Keyboardist Ron Avant (aka T. Nava), drummer Matthew Marisola (aka Callum Connor), bassist Kelsey Gonzalez, and guitarist José Rios took the name Free Nationals after working with Paak. Session-wise, Avant and Rios go back with Paak to the late 2000s. The whole quartet became integral to the latter’s progression on Malibu, a 2017 breakthrough nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Urban Contemporary Album. The band’s distinct identity came into focus with extensive touring in support of Paak. After two additional albums with Paak, Oxnard and Ventura, and a handful of guest-fronted singles on their own, Avant, Marisola, Gonzalez, and Rios put the finishing touches on the full-length Free Nationals. Released digitally toward the end of 2019 (with physical editions arriving early the following year), the LP featured appearances from the likes of Paak, Daniel Caesar, Syd, Kali Uchis, and Mac Miller. It debuted at number three on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart.
Los Angeles born singer and songwriter, INDIA SHAWN, has worked with top names including Chris Brown, Diddy-Dirty Money, El Debarge, Keri Hilson, and Monica. In 2013, Solange Knowles featured India’s popular track, I’m Alive, on her Saint Heron compilation album, further endorsing her impact on the new wave of music. Before releasing her debut EP, Origin, in 2012, India already had writing credits and song placements under her belt as a member of writing team, Full Circle.
With a smooth voice that connects to listeners immediately, lyrics that resonate with your heart, and fearless experimentation with R&B elements, India’s music has spiritual and emotional components to it. India Shawn’s songs take you back in time when music made you feel good inside; a musical experience that makes you think, touches your heart and motivates, some say, are the elements that are missing in today’s dynamic.
She continues to breathe fresh air into the industry with her and chart-topping songwriter, James Fauntleroy’s Outer Limits EP collaboration, released in the Spring of 2015. Since then India has appeared on BET’s THE GAME series finale to sing the National Anthem. She has opened for artists like Ryan Leslie, Daley, KING, and Emily King. She was featured on Ludacris’s comeback album ‘Ludaversal’, and she is currently working on her forthcoming solo album that can be expected to deliver awesomely good songs that are relevant, transparent, and exciting. India Shawn is completely enchanting!