"It takes a lifetime to be able to play with this degree of soulfulness and simplicity, and Brown does so as if by nature."
-- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Ari Brown - saxophone
Yosef Ben Israel - bass
Avreeayl Ra - drums
Kirk Brown - piano
Ari Brown, a Chicago native, is an internationally renowned saxophonist, flautist and pianist, as well a prolific arranger composer, and teacher.
Ari began his professional career around 1965, performing with soul, rock and blues bands throughout Chicago, Wisconsin, and Michigan, where he performed with such vocalists and vocal groups as Gene Chandler, the Chi-Lites, B.B. King, Lou Rawls, Four Tops, and the Emotions. He continued performing with jazz and R&B bands in Chicago, the Midwest and on the East Coast, performing with such artists Muhal Richard Abrams, the Awakening, Chuck Berry, the Dells, Billy Eckstine, the Emotions, the Four Tops, Walter Jackson, Della Reese, and Sonny Stitt.
Since 1979, Mr. Brown has been able to pursue his passion (musically) by performing almost exclusively in the Jazz idiom. His performances throughout Chicago, and the USA, Africa, Asia, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe, have been with; his own working band, the Ari Brown Quartet, and includes The AACM Experimental Orchestra, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Ritual Trio, Hamiett Bluitt, Lester Bowie, Anthony Braxton, Donald Byrd, Ken Chaney, Kahil El Zabar, Jon Faddis, Malachi Favors, Von Freeman, Elvin Jones, Roscoe Mitchell, Famoudou Don Moye, David Murray, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Stop-Time Orchestra, McCoy Tyner, Val Gray Ward, Edward Wilkerson, and Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra with Orbert Davis.
Mr. Brown has enjoyed a prolific recording career as session leader and sideman. A selected list of his recordings include the following; Venus (Ari Brown) Delmark Records, 1998, Ultimate Frontier (Ari Brown) Delmark Records, 1996, All The Magic (Lester Bowie), 1982, Renaissance Of The Resistance (Ritual Trio) 1994, Africa N’da Blues (Ritual Trio featuring Pharoah Sanders), 2000.