Winnipeg's Jazz Magazine


May/June 2015: Esperanza Spalding

Otis Brown III: The Music of Drums

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There are many great drummers in the world but few great musicians who just happen to be drummers. Otis Brown III is one of those few drummers who is truly a wonderful musician.

Raised by musical parents, Otis grew up playing many different styles of music including gospel, jazz, funk and rhythm and blues. His experience with all of these different styles is what makes him such a musically versatile musician.

His debut album, The Thought of You, is a wonderful representation of the versatility and the high level of musicianship Brown brings to the table every time he plays.

When not playing with his own band, he can be seen playing with the likes of Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding, Somi and many others.

Winnipeg is very lucky to be welcoming Otis Brown III and his wonderful band to the 2015 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. With the amazing vocalist Jean Baylor and the trumpet phenom Keyon Harrold fronting the band, their show on June 19 is sure to be one of the highlights of this year’s festival.


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