Ben Brown

Drums/Percussion & Composition

“Ben Brown is, without doubt, one of my favourite young jazz drummers. He is musically interactive, highly creative and really listens and supports a performance from beginning to end with great imagination. This young man has a great future of music making ahead of him"
 
- Jean Toussaint

Thank you for visiting the website of drummer/percussionist & composer Ben Brown. Having studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Ben's playing encompasses anything from jazz, pop music & hip hop to electronic music, reggae & Jewish music with an extensive knowledge of African & Latin American music. He's played numerous times in the bands of Jason Rebello, Jean Toussaint, Zhena Strigalev, Femi Temowo & Rebecca Ferguson as well as many others. These have included multiple gigs at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club among others as well as London, Brecon, Swanage, Highgate & Whirlwind Jazz Festivals, London African Music Festival & the Beiteddine Art Festival in Beirut.

 

At the Royal Academy of Music, Ben studied with Martin France, Ian Thomas, Barak Schmool & Michael Janisch among others. He also studied composition with Pete Churchill, and has had the opportunity to receive teaching from top international artists such as Dave Holland & Dave Douglas.

“He has a poetic delicate balance and bounce with sticks in hand” - Art of Jazz
 

Projects

 

 

 

Sam Rapley - tenor saxophone

 

Tal Janes - guitar

 

Joe Downard - bass

 

Ernesto Marichales - percussion

 

Ben Brown - drums & composition

 

 

For more info, please visit www.waaju.co.uk 

Waaju is a London-based groove-centred world jazz ensemble that encapsulates many influences from West African music, with a particular focus on the music of Mali. The band plays the original music of drummer & percussionist Ben Brown which brings together styles & grooves that are largely unexplored in a Western context, all with the exceptional spirit of thelikes of Ali Farka Toure, Oumou Sangare, Tinariwen & Baba Sissoko. Waaju is:

Other Projects...

 

Remote Recording

 

I am able to record drums & percussion at my home, which may pose as a more financially or logistically viable option for a client in order to avoid paying for studio costs & the time involved. I have a range of drums & percussion instruments & a number of different ways to record each instrument, based on the clients' individual preference.

 

Please find below some sample recordings:

If you would like to make an inquiry about a remote recording as part of your music, please contact me at:

ben.g.brown@outlook.com

Discography

 

 

 

My Favourite Things

 

Film Score

 

EP

 

Jazz Just Wants to Have Fun

 

EP

 

Mime Music

 

Holy Boy

 

EP

 

Imprints

 

Waaju

 

8 Songs

 

Freewheelin'

Film Score

Lanterns

 

Dream Dancing

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Alakati

 

 

 

2015

 

2015

 

2016

 

2017

 

2017

 

2017

 

2017

 

2017

 

2017

 

2018

 

2018

 

2018

2019

2019 (yet to be released)

2020 (yet to be released)

2020 (yet to be released)

 

2020 (yet to be released)

 

 

Drums

 

Percussion

 

Drums & Percussion

 

Drums & Percussion

 

Drums

 

Drums & Percussion

 

Drums

 

Drums & Percussion

 

Drums & Percussion

 

Compositions, Drums & Percussion

Drums

Drums

Drums

Drums & Percussion

Drums & Percussion

Compositions, Drums & Percussion

Drums & Percussion

some recordings include...

 

My Favourite Things

 

Middle East Side Story

 

Renny Jackson

Beverley Beirne

Twospeak

Sam Watts

Holy Boy

Caravela

Bahla

 

Waaju

Liran Donin's 1000 Boats

Braceman

Mirror Mirror

Jana

Beverley Beirne

Waaju

Alakati

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media

Waaju live at Sofar Sounds London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben with Jewish folk inspired jazz ensemble

Bahla playing "Yud Beis Yud"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben with Brazilian/Portuguese music ensemble Caravela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben with Avisya Rhythm live at the Green Note

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben with Sam Miles Quartet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben with Michael De Souza Quintet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben with Kthuloo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact

Ben is available for gigs, recording or commissions & can be reached at:

 

ben.g.brown@outlook.com

 

 

For more info on Waaju, please visit:

 

www.waaju.co.uk

 

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