Alexander Brown Quintet

In 1997, Alexander received his Master’s degree in Classical Music at the Instituto Superior de Artes, one of Cuba’s foremost prestigious institutions. He continued at the same institution as a trumpet teacher until 2005.

In 2004 motivated by new musical ideas Alexander formed his own quartet where he experimented mixing Cuban rhythms with jazz styles. At the same time he was invited to play with saxophonist Dave Murray to record Murray’s CD “Now is Another Time”, exposing Cuban artists to audiences across the globe. He also recorded on another of Murray’s albums entitled “David Murray and The Gwo-ka-
Masters”.

Alexander Brown Cabrera had the opportunity to record his own music at the unique concert, Jazz Cuba Today. Jazz Cuba Today’s recording was the first jazz DVD made in Cuba, recorded live at
Studios Abdala, and awarded Best DVD of 2006 at Cubadisco International Music Fair.

In 2005, Cabrera travelled to Canada to perform with his quartet at the Ottawa Blues Fest, and soon after decided to settle down in Toronto. Since his arrival in Canada, he has performed with Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran, Archie Alleyne, Don Thompson, Amanda Martinez, Luis Mario Ochoa and many others. Alexander Brown Cabrera has become one of the most important trumpet jazz players
in Toronto . Since 2009 he has become a permanent member of Archie Alleyne’s hard bop sextet Kollage.

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