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Design courtesy of the artist.

Design courtesy of the artist.

Back on a break from busy fall touring schedules with California brethren Thundercat (Stephen Bruner) and Ambrose Akinmusire, Bay Area composer and drummer Justin Brown will offer city residents and visitors a soundtrack to their Halloween weekend with back-to-back nights of his own band: NYEUSI.

While 2015 has seen Brown continue as the rhythmic cornerstone for Akinmusire, Bruner and pianist Gerald Clayton among others, it has also seen the drummer workshopping his own band NYEUSI on select Gallery dates and recording an album with the same group this past summer in Brooklyn. You can check out a short piece about the group from their past January performance here:

“NYEUSI” which is Swahili for “black,” coalesces the dual keyboard faculties of Fabian Almazan and Jason Lindner, with Mark Shim on EWI and Burniss Earl Travis on bass, offering Brown a dynamic and personal palette from which to build his compositions. The NYEUSI album release date is still to be determined.

With Almazan out this weekend and Travis limited to the Saturday performance, Brown will explore his compositions further with the help of Akinmusire bandmates Sam Harris and Harish Raghavan.

Check out Justin’s set with Thundercat from KCRW studios this past fall and have spooky weekend!

Justin Brown’s NYEUSI plays at The Jazz Gallery on Friday, October 30th, 2015 and Saturday, October 31st, 2015. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. The group features Brown on drums, Sam Harris on Rhodes, Jason Lindner on keyboards, Harish Raghavan on bass (Friday) and Burniss Earl Travis on bass (Saturday). $22 general admission ($12 for Members). Purchase Tickets Here.