Testimonial from Christian Brewer
The Aizen Jazz Master alto saxophone mouthpiece has crystal clarity ,and excellent projection .It’s very easy to play right from bottom bflat to the top.A superb mouthpiece.
The Aizen Jazz Master alto mouthpiece is the closest mouthpiece to an old New York Meyer that I’v tried.
The Aizen Jazz Master alto mouthpiece is the best modern alto mouthpiece I’v tried.It has warmth,projection and clarity throughout it’s entire range.
Christian is one of the most lyrical and soulful alto players to have emerged from the UK in recent years. Loved for his melodic playing and pure tone, he has risen to prominence on the British jazz scene. He is now a regular at London1s prestigious Ronnie Scotts and both he and his band are in great demand.
His musical roots besides jazz also include funk and groove orientated music. This has lead to commercial work with reggae trombonist Rico Rodriguez,BB Seaton, Push, Paul Weller, Ottis Grand and the Ragga Twins amongst many others. This diversity has enriched his musical outlook and is evident in his style of playing and composing, whilst never compromising the authenticity of the jazz.
Christian studied at Leeds and The Guildhall School of Music. However, the defining musical inspiration came from playing alongside Julian Joseph and the Mondesir brothers at Ian Carr1s jazz London fusion orchestra. He has gone on to play with some of the finest players Internationally: Chano Dominguez, (premier Spanish jazz flamenco pianist who is taking Europe by storm), Andrea Pozza(Italy),Yutaka Shiina (Japan),Jim Mullen,Damon Brown ….
He has performed in Europe1s top clubs and festivals. With pianist Chan Dominguez and bass player Francisco Pose, he played in most of Spain’s international festivals (1989 – 91) including Seville, Malaga, Granada, Huelva, Jaen and Ceuta (North Africa). The group they formed, RDecoy, also performed in Cafe Central in Madrid and recorded for television (Jazz Entre Amigos) and radio. In Spain he also collaborated with tenor saxophonists Dave Schnitter (ex Art Blakey), Jorge Pardo (Paco de Lucia ) and Antonio Mesa; and played extensively with guitarist Tito Alcedo.
In the UK Christian has worked extensively with trumpet player Damon Brown, touring England, Scotland and Italy. He has featured on two of Damon1s CDs (see below) and performed at Barcelona1s Jamboree. Since 2000 he has been leading his own group featuring Leon Greening, Tom Herbert and Sebastian Rochford. His debut CD has won much critical acclaim, both at home and abroad. In 2003 the group performed at the Barcelona Masimas Jazz festival in August, toured the UK and successfully completed their third week at Ronnie Scotts in two years. In November 2003 Christian was invited to play in Macau Jazz Festival (Hong Kong). This lead to an extensive 3 week tour of Portugal in 2004 (alongside English trumpeter Quenton Collins) finishing in the prestigious Hot Club of Lisbon.
Christian formed his quintet featuring the multi talented Jim Hart on vibes,Tristan Mailliot on drums, Phil Donkin on bass and Leon Greening on piano. The group played 2 weeks at Ronnie Scotts during the year and recorded a live CD there, which is due out on the house label. The group toured the UK during 2005; played at Swanage, Scarborough, Villa Real and Lisbon international jazz festivals.(Portugal).During the summer of 2005,they recorded their highly acclaimed CD:Seesaw, released on Basho records in May 2006.
Both of Christian’s CDs have won acclaim in Europe. In the International Jazz Competition of Granada (Spain) his previous CD (Introducing Christian Brewer) came second in the competition in 2004,and during 2005,the group occupied the runner -up spot again with a special mention.
In May 2006, his quintet, supported by Jazz Services ,underwent an extensive 25 date tour of the UK. During 2006/2007 Christian has joined guitarist Carl Orr’s (ex Billy Cobbham) group Dangerfunk, featuring Dave de Rose on drums and Neville Malcolm on bass. In January 2008,Christian formed a quintet with Trumpet player Damon Brown, Sebastian de Krom on drums ,Leon Greening on piano,and Oli Hayhurst on bass. The quintet toured Northern Spain performing in Barcelona, Terrassa and Castellon.
In 2008-2009 Christian has formed quintets with leading tenor saxophonists Renato D’aiello and Alex Garnett and performed at Dourro(Portugal) and Teignmouth Jazz festival. In 2010 he performed with the Andrea Pozza European Quintet in Ancona,Spezia,Turin and Roma and is due to tour the Uk with his European quartet featuring Andrea Pozza,Shane Forbes and Tom Farmer.They plan to record a new cd with 33 Records in October.
Christian currently teaches saxophone at Tiffin school for boys in Kingston.
・ｽeD’aqui P’aya ・ｽeDecoy’ with Chano Dominguez Maraseillas
A Rhythm Indicative Damon Brown Zah Zah
A Bigger Picture Damon Brown 33 records
Introducing Christian Brewer
Christian Brewer Quintet ・ｽgLive at Ronnie Scotts・ｽh-due out on Jazz House records
Christian Brewer Quintet featuring Jim Hart 2006 on Basho Records
John Warren’s `Finally Beginning’ fuzzymoon