Music, City Picks

Gerald Brazel & Friends

When: Fri., July 16 2010

Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Gerald Brazel and his combo of local cats perform a special set at Alluette’s Jazz Cafe on Friday evening. A native of St. Helena Island, Brazel has earned a strong reputation for his versatile technique and gained a wider audience in recent years for a smoothly crafted style. He received a Grammy in 1994, just 10 years after graduating from the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston. These days, Brazel performs and records with a variety of musicians and songwriters, in styles ranging from jazz and funk to rap, Latin, and classical. He has performed with such artists as the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Dizzy Gillespie, Sade, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, D’Angelo, Nat Adderly, and Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers. He recently traveled across the globe on tour with Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy and Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s Groove Alla Turca. Brazel spent most of this year teaching music at a high school in Rockaway Park and working in the New York club scene. “I look forward to performing in the Lowcountry,” he says. “I will be using a quartet that consist of local musicians on piano, guitar, bass, and drums, doing straight-ahead jazz.” —T. Ballard Lesemann

Price: $30, $20

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