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Justin Brown isn’t one of those drummers who fades into the background of a group. Whether playing with the likes of Gerald Clayton, Ambrose Akinmusire, or Flying Lotus, Brown always throws himself into the heat of battle, pushing and prodding the music into exciting new directions.

With his group NYEUSI, Brown steps out as a leader, creating an electric concoction that draws from his huge range of musical experiences. Ahead of the group’s show at The Jazz Gallery this Saturday, January 31st, 2015, we caught up with Justin at his apartment to talk about his writing process and his musical motivations.

Justin Brown’s NYEUSI plays at The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, January 31st, 2015. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m. The group features Brown on drums, Jason Lindner and Fabian Almazan on keyboards, Burniss Travis on bass, and special guest Dayna Stevens on EWI. $22 general admission ($12 for Members). Purchase Tickets Here.