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Benefit for Brownman

If you've visited these pages over the past year or so, you already know my opinion of Trinidad-born, Toronto-reared trumpet player Brownman, whose genre-stretching sets of music ranging from hard bop to hip-hop have made him a near-legend in Buffalo clubs and on our city's concert stages. The dude can play, no doubt about it, but even more impressive is his refusal of commonly adhered-to strictures concerning what "is jazz," and what "is not jazz."

Unfortunately, during a stop here in December, while Brownman and Co. were in the midst of a show inside the Allen St. Hardware Cafe, some thieving magpie made off with our man's car, in the process hauling away hundreds of dollars worth of equipment that had been minding its own business in Brownman's trunk. Not cool.

Brownman's friends and colleagues have banded together with TheGoodNeigborhood.com to present "Dude, Where's Brownman's Car?" beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday in Nietzsche's. The event will raise money to help defer the costs incurred by the car's theft. An $8 cover will guarantee you a long evening of prime tunes, beginning with set of be-bop, followed by some funk-jazz with Brownman, Appleby and Aaron Staebell, as well as collaborations with the Chillharmonic Orchestra, Type Relevant, DJ Cutler and emcee Mad Dukes.

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Heads up

The Town Ballroom has just announced a dream of a double bill featuring Iron & Wine with guests the Low Anthem on April 5. Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m through Tickets.com.

A triple-bill featuring Iration, the Rockas and Do It With Malice happens Feb. 8 at Mohawk Place.

e-mail: jmiers@buffnews.com

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