Ronnie Laws & Tom Browne

Ronnie Laws

Born October 3, 1950 as Ronald Wayne Laws, he's a younger brother of famous jazz flautist Hubert Laws.

In 1972, he joined the fledgling group Earth, Wind & Fire, playing saxophone and flute on their album "Last Days And Time". He left the band soon afterwards, before they achieved their huge commercial success.

In 1975, he began his solo career with the album "Pressure Sensitive", on which his most famous instrumental song, "Always There", was included. It became an instant jazz-funk classic, covered by numerous artists.

Laws has also recorded with numerous other artists, including Arthur Adams, Howard Hewett, Ramsey Lewis, Jeff Lorber, Hugh Masekela, Alphonse Mouzon, David Sea, and Sister Sledge.

Tom Browne was a familiar figure on the R&B charts during the 1979-1989 period when he was recording pop-oriented material for GRP and Arista Records. Browne studied piano for a year when he was 11 and then switched to trumpet, attending New York City's High School of Music and Art. Originally interested in classical music, Browne discovered jazz while in college in the mid-'70s. He worked with Sonny Fortune, recorded with Lonnie Smith, and then signed with GRP Records. Although influenced by Freddie Hubbard and occasionally recording a hard bop number, most of Browne's output during that era was clearly geared toward the marketplace. A commercial pilot, Browne largely dropped out of music by the late '80s, but came back in 1994 with a recording for Hip Bop in several settings that included the credible jazz date Another Shade of Browne, which made one wonder "What took so long?"



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Ronnie Laws & Tom Browne

Sunday, June 30 · 8:00 PM at Rams Head On Stage