American upright bassist and rising jazz star Nathan Brown, one of the most in-demand bassists in New York City, will be playing a nationwide series of shows, and hold a masterclass workshop, to celebrate the release of his debut album, ‘This Is The Moment’.
Queenstown – The Queenstown Jazz Festival – Oct 21 / 22 / 23
Christchurch – Orange Studio – Oct 28
Nelson – Fairfield House – Oct 29
Wellington – Musicworks – Rhythm section master class & private lessons – Oct 30
Wellington – Pyramid Club – Oct 31
Auckland – The Thirsty Dog – Nov 1
As a sideman, he has performed with an array of world-class musicians including Wess ‘Warmdaddy’ Anderson, Randy Brecker, Carl Allen, John Faddis, Wycliffe Gordon, Lewis Nash, and Paquito D’Rivera. He performs regularly with New York-based Australian and Kiwi musicians including Mark Lockett, Matt Baker, Adrian Cunningham, JC Stylles and Graeme Norris.
‘This Is The Moment’ marks Nathan’s first attempt at crossing the bridge between sideman and frontman. For Nathan ‘this is indeed the moment’ to step into the spotlight and become recognised as a bandleader and composer in his own right.
Heavily influenced by legendary bassist Paul Chambers, the question Nathan first addressed when preparing to undertake this recording project was; what if jazz masters Paul Chambers, Grant Green and Philly Joe Jones were alive today? What if they played trio together? What songs influenced by today’s music would they perform?
With these propositions in mind, Nathan set about writing and arranging the original music for the album and carefully selecting the cover songs.