Kade Brown Quintent
Sunday 18 June, The JazzLab, 27 Leslie Street (off Victoria Street), Brunswick
From the far south coast of NSW, young pianist and composer Kade Brown moved to Melbourne in 2014 to study at Monash University. Over the past two years he has been building his reputation as an emerging voice in the Melbourne jazz scene, and formed his debut quintet in late 2015. Collaborating with some more experienced players, it featured Paul Williamson (trumpet), Julien Wilson (tenor sax), and Sam Anning (bass), as well as his peer, Luke Andresen (drums).
The quintet, which drew a large audience for the MJC at Bennetts Lane in January, will present new material, including a Suite, the first movement of which won the Monash Jazz Prize. His originals aim to explore themes of Australian art music traditions, with a nod toward American influences such as Paul Bley, Lennie Tristano, and Andrew Hill. Brown’s distinctive compositional style highlights the group’s unique energy, each voice contributing a raw character and intensity that allows for dynamic ensemble improvisation and intelligent interaction.