Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Progger

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown

Hailed as a "sax phenom" by The New York Daily News, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown is one of the first prominent jazz musicians to emerge out of the millennial generation. He has toured globally as a soloist, and with numerous jazz artists and pop icons ranging from Arturo O’Farrill to Taylor Swift. Chad is also a member of the multi-Grammy award winning Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, and he is on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory as a visiting artist. Downbeat Magazine selected his latest release, “Onward” as an Editor’s Pick for 2017, commending his “technical abilities that mask the difficulty of his wondrously intricate lines.”

A native of Elmira, New York, Chad established himself as a jazz prodigy at age 11, performing throughout New York State under the mentorship of local jazz hero, George Reed, who was known for backing legends like Teddy Wilson, Buddy Tate, and Marian McPartland.

Chad went on to pursue a formal education in the arts at the Brubeck Institute, a prestigious fellowship program created by jazz legend Dave Brubeck. While studying at the institute, he performed regularly with Brubeck and was a member of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet.

Chad received many accolades during his scholastic career, including 15 DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards for categories such as "Best Jazz Soloist" and "Best Original Song."

Since graduating from the Brubeck Institute, Chad has performed throughout four continents, and has appeared at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Super Bowl, and Madison Square Garden. His debut album, Imagery Manifesto, was named “Debut Album of the Year” by jazz critic and author, Doug Ramsey, and his most recent recording as a leader, “Onward,” features jazz legend, Randy Brecker.

For fans of: Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, Parliament-Funkadelic, Snarky Puppy

Progger lays beautiful, sophisticated melody and harmony over visceral grooves and beats from funk, soul, world, and electronic dance music. Combining the experience of some of the most in-demand touring and session musicians from the vibrant Texas music scene, Progger has quickly built a reputation for being one of the most skilled, tight, and captivating live bands in the country, and has garnered praise from producers and musicians throughout the nation. Their debut album, Beatmaker, was released in February 2013.
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"[Progger] is a group of some of the best musicians in Austin that, despite each member's individual talents, somehow manages to sound like a real band. When you see them live, you can truly feel that you're seeing serious musicians realizing one concept and creating one sound together," says songwriter and producer Matt Ragland. Destinee Ware, owner of the prominent Austin venue One2One, says "it's one of those few bands that people stop talking, stop drinking, stop doing anything else they were doing and just start listening to. They command attention. The musicians on stage are of the highest quality and it shows. The song arrangements are smart and different with unexpected changes at every turn." Simply stated by Grammy-winning producer and band leader Michael League, "Progger rocks."
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Members of Progger have contributed to numerous recordings, tours, and performances by some of music's most brilliant luminaries. These include artists like Snarky Puppy, Peter Rowan, Okkervil River, Bill Laurance, Col. Bruce Hampton, Myron Butler, Kirk Covington, Bernard Wright, and many more. Saxophonist, keyboardist, and producer Brian Donohoe began performing regularly with guitarists Matt Muehling and Carter Arrington soon after moving to Austin from Dallas in 2009, and within two years the trio had found their ideal rhythm section in the form of bassist Nick Clark and drummer Daniel Watson. Paul Deemer soon started sitting in on trombone, and has regularly contributed his considerable talents since then. While spending some time immersed in the vibrant New York music scene, Progger has also had considerable help from drummer Andy Martinek, keyboardist Noah Kellman, and guitarist Dan Muniz, as well as Snarky Puppy members Justin Stanton, Bob Lanzetti, and Chris McQueen.
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With their shared love of soul, jazz, and rock music, the musicians quickly found a common desire to create captivating, innovative, fresh music built on the foundations of their heroes: Herbie Hancock, George Clinton, Weather Report, Stevie Wonder, and, notably, Dallas funk and gospel legend Bobby Sparks, among many others. As bandmates and friends, the members of Progger are constantly seeking out new inspiration from nature, art, and the club to keep developing their unique music with no end in sight.

$12.00 - $15.00

Tickets

Please note, there is a one drink minimum for this show (standing and bar stools) and two drink minimum at tables.

Limited seating is available on a first come first served basis.

Advance tickets are available online until 5:30PM, day of show. Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the door at showtime.

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Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2