Ben Brown

Drums, Percussion & Producer

“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
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Thank you for visiting the website of drummer, percussionist and producer Ben Brown. Having studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Ben's creative output encompasses anything jazz and hip hop to electronic music, with particular leaning towards African & Latin American folk music styles. He's been lucky enough to tour the world with various top international artists like Alfa Mist, Mulatu Astatke, Ashley Henry, Judi Jackson, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Rebello, Dizraeli and many others as far as Australasia, Africa, Asia and across Europe.

 

His own band Waaju has released two internationally acclaimed albums, where he acts as producer and composer. Both albums were named "Essential Jazz Albums of the Year" upon release across numerous European platforms and the band has been consistently championed by the likes of Jordan Rakei, Gilles Peterson, Jungle, Jazz FM and Worldwide FM.

“He has a poetic delicate balance and bounce with sticks in hand” - Art of Jazz
"Brown's playing is on fire" - Songlines Magazine
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Projects

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Rhythms pulse. Skins Resonate. Feet shuffle and heartbeats quicken. Waaju’s energy builds, weaving psychedelic soundscapes through potent beats, transcending the stage and melting into bodies. With a unique approach to a familiar sound, they rise from London’s rich cultural palette, proving UK Jazz doesn’t have to sound the way we expect it to.

Ben Brown - drums, composition & producer

 

Sam Rapley - tenor saxophone

 

Tal Janes - guitar

 

Joe Downard - bass

 

Ernesto Marichales - percussion

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

Other Projects...

Alfa Mist

 

Jason Rebello Quartet

 

Dizraeli

Judi Jackson

 

Rebecca Ferguson

 

 

 

 

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Remote Recording

 

I have a fully equipped home studio from which I've recorded many drum and percussion tracks for creative and commercial music, posing an often more financially or logistically viable option than hiring a studio. Please get in touch for rates or a list of my equipment.

 

Find below some sample recordings:

For more information, please contact me at:

ben.g.brown@outlook.com

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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

 

Grown

The Way We Watched the Landscape

Live in Cambridge

 

Twoism

 

Ola

 

Life Long

 

Dream Dancing

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2015

 

2015

 

2016

 

2017

 

2017

 

2017

 

2017

 

2017

 

2017

 

2018

 

2018

 

2018

2019

2019

2020

2020

 

2020

 

2020 (yet to be released)

 

2020 (yet to be released)

 

2020 (yet to be released)

 

2021 (yet to be released)

 

2021 (yet to be released)

2021 (yet to be released)

 

 

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Percussion

 

Drums & Percussion

 

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Compositions, Production, Drums & Percussion

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Drums & Percussion

Compositions, Production, Drums & Percussion

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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

Waaju

Liran Donin's 1000 Boats

The Brass Funkeys

 

Twospeak

Caravela

Bahla

 

Beverley Beirne

Alakati

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Media

Waaju live at London Jazz Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dizraeli live in Bristol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alfa Mist live in Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bahla live at Pizza Express Club, London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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