Six of Saturns 2017: Night 10
Maurice Brown and Leron Thomas plus special guests
600 Carondelet St.
New Orleans, LA, 70130
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 18 and over
Maurice “Mobetta” Brown’s talent orbits him simultaneously through three worlds: contemporary jazz, blues-rock and cutting edge hip hop. He’s a mastermind as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer. When Maurice picks up his horn, his soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries be-bop to hip-hop and rock, producing his own distinctive sound.
Brown displayed an affinity for the trumpet at a young age as he won the national Miles Davis Trumpet Competition and studied under legendary clarinetist Alvin Batiste. His critically acclaimed debut album “HIP TO BOP”, recorded in New Orleans, foreshadowed Brown’s unique talent for creating fresh bop-inflected jazz. Yet, Hurricane Katrina’s devastation didn’t spare Maurice and he took his talent to Brooklyn.
Maurice reformed his own quintet, resurrected his underground hip-hop/funk combo, Soul'd U Out and recorded with Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, De La Soul, Macy Gray, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lettuce and The Roots.
His follow-up album, THE CYCLE OF LOVE garnered significant praise; Huffington Post and NPR named it one of the best records of the year. Brown further embraced his be-bop roots with hip-hop hooks; it also lays raw his dogged insistence on charting his own musical course, bred by the rare success of his debut album and a life uprooted post-Katrina.
Maurice was invited to join the newly formed Tedeschi-Trucks Band. He created the horn arrangements on TTB’s debut album, “Revelator” which won a 2012 Grammy for Best Blues Album. Brown’s trumpet was a wailing counterpoint to Derek Truck’s searing guitar wizardry.
Brown’s immersion into hip hop as musician/MC/producer culminated in the 2014 release of “MAURICE vs. MOBETTA” (Brown Records). This groundbreaking alter-ego album remixed original horn parts with newly recorded hip hop beats. Brown’s jazz roots are cultivated here through the lens of a hip hop perspective. Talib Kweli, Prodigy and Jean Grae’s spitting rhymes are met by Mobetta’s own, while his trumpet circles muscularly throughout every track.
Constant evolution drives him. His intuitive vision lights a fire under traditional jazz, adds sonic brass to rock n' roll and pushes the production tip in hip-hop. Having recently severed ties with TTB, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is again charting his own musical path. The years release of album tracks he produced for Talib Kweli, Omar, and Prodigy will make 2017 a long, hot burn. His new album, “THE MOOD” is set to be released March 10, 2017.
Leron Thomas’ musical journey began in his hometown of Houston Texas where he graduated from the distinguished High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He ventured to New York City to develop as a trumpet player and composer, enrolling in Manhattan’s The New School. During this time he began performing professionally with various artists including Bilal, Billy Harper, Charles Tolliver and Roy Hargrove.
While studying, his own music was evolving and maturing. The quality of his original compositions enhanced by playing live alongside talented peers Robert Glasper, Damion Reid, Vicente Archer, Marcus Strickland, Harold O’Neal, Isaac Smith, Reggie Quinerly and Omer Avital. Leron graduated from The New School in 2003 with an identifiable sound, recognized by The New York Times, among others. Staying in Manhattan to pursue his professional career as a writer and trumpet player, Leron worked with many more artists from a variety of genre’s including Michael Stipe, Lauryn Hill, Bobby Watson and Mos Def, to name a few. Subsequently he found ways to liberate himself through a natural, fluid progression into writing and performing ‘other music’. These compositions utilized his pure, warm and broad trumpet tone along with his unique vocals to emphasize his diverse sound. From 2004 onward he developed this genre-crossing music incorporating singer-songwriter, jazz, funk, electro-pop and rock.
Leron has eleven projects to date, ten are independently released, Cliquish was released on Parisian label Heavenly Sweetness and the vinyl re-release of ..Take It on Belgium’s On Point Records. He continues to receive international acclaim as he explores a range of artistic media, including his signature style music videos. With music in film he also acted in an independent short film and is featured on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Bubblers Eight, Zara McFarlane's If You Knew Her (Brownswood Recordings), GUTS' Hip Hop After All (Heavenly Sweetness), Jason Moran's All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller (Bluenote Records), Asagaya’s Light Of The Dawn (Jakarta Records) and GUTS' Eternal (Heavenly Sweetness).