Barra Brown Quintet

Saturday, August 20, 2022, 11:30PM – The 1905
Barra Brown by Reed Ricker

Barra Brown Quintet

Saturday, August 20, 2022, 11:30PM – The 1905 – Tickets $15-20

A rare performance by drummer/composer Barra Brown’s melody-driven improvisational ensemble of inventive original music.

It’s the rare artist from whose catalog a listener can pluck any song and instantly recognize who’s at the helm. Portland-based drummer, composer and producer Barra Brown’s artistic restlessness has led him from avant-garde beat-based music as one half of Korgy & Bass to original acoustic compositions with his Barra Brown Quintet & Trio – but it’s the thematic ambition of Brown’s releases and the fearless merging of electronics and improvisation that let his voice shine through no matter the genre. Within each of his compositions carries a form of experimentation, homage, play, joy, and critique and constantly leans into what’s next. In 2013 & 2015 he composed and released two albums of original compositions as the Barra Brown Quintet (BBQ) on Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble Records (PJCE). In the Fall of 2017, the PJCE commissioned Barra to write a piece for their twelve-person large ensemble. “Down at Buckskin Lake” premiered at the PJCE Ten Year Anniversary Celebration.

Barra Brown

Lineup: Chang Park, trumpet; Leon Cotter, tenor sax; Max Reynolds, guitar; Arcellus Sykes, bass; Barra Brown, drums, compositions

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Festival 22

Presented by OnPoint Community Credit Union, Mr. Plywood, and The Skanner News

Friday 8/19

Alan Jones Academy of Music Combo
MJF Student Stage at Vino Veritas – 6:00PM
PJCE’s The Heroine’s Journey
Alberta Rose Theatre – 8:00PM
George Colligan and Jazz Millenium
The 1905 – 11:30PM

Saturday 8/20

Tunnel Six: Columbia River Suite
Portland Metro Arts – 2:00PM
Idit Shner and Mhondoro
Portland Metro Arts – 5:00PM
Portland State University Combo
MJF Student Stage at Vino Veritas – 6:00PM
Rich Halley with Matthew Shipp Trio
Portland Metro Arts – 8:00PM
Barra Brown Quintet
The 1905 – 11:30PM

Sunday 8/21

Augustana Jazz Worship
James Powers: Relativity Ensemble
Portland Metro Arts – 2:00PM
Noah Simpson Quartet
Portland Metro Arts – 5:00PM
Metropolitan Youth Symphony Combo
MJF Student Stage at Vino Veritas – 6:00PM
Kerry Politzer Quintet feat. Alex Norris
Portland Metro Arts – 8:00PM


Chang Park – trumpet
Leon Cotter – tenor sax
Max Reynolds – guitar
Arcellus Sykes – bass
Barra Brown – drums, compositions