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September 19 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm EDT


In 1997, Alexander received his Master’s degree in Classical Music at the Instituto Superior de Artes, one of Cuba’s foremost prestigious institution. He continued at the same institution as a trumpet teacher until 2005.Alexander joined Otra Vision, the band of the influential flute player and composer, Orlando Valle, and toured extensively throughout Europe and The United States, and performed at every major jazz festivals. In 1999, he joined another group of great importance in the history of Cuban music, the Havana Ensemble. With this band Cabrera also toured worldwide and was part of a project to payhomage to the great conguero, Chano Pozo. As a special guest,Cabrera performed with the Cuban jazz pianist, Ernan Lopez Nussa.This gave him the opportunity to play with the likes of Changuito Quintana and Tata Guines, both legendary percussionists that have developed the sound of the Cuban music.In 2002 motivated by new musical ideas Alexander formed his own quartet where he experimented mixing Cuban rhythms with jazz styles. At the same time he was invited to play with saxophonist Dave Murray to record Murray’s CD “Now is Another Time”, exposing Cuban artists to audiences across the globe. He also recorded on another of Murray’s albums entitled “David Murray and The Gwo-ka-Masters”.Alexander Brown Cabrera had the opportunity to record his own music at the unique concert, Jazz Cuba Today. Jazz Cuba Today’s recording was the first jazz DVD made in Cuba, recorded live at Studios Abdala, and awarded Best DVD of 2006 at Cubadisco International Music Fair.In 2005, Cabrera travelled to Canada to perform with his quartet at the Ottawa Blues Fest, and soon after decided to settle down in Toronto. Since his arrival in Canada, he has performed with Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran, Archie Alleyne, DonThompson, Amanda Martinez, Luis Mario Ochoa, Adrew Graig, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Hermeto Pascual, Paquito de Rivera and many others. Alexander Brown Cabrera has become one of the most important Latin trumpet jazz players in Toronto. Since 2007 he became a member of the Evolution of Jazz Ensemble.


September 19
9:00 pm - 11:30 pm