Sharing some of my favorite pictures of the John Brown Quintet last Sunday, May 23, at St. Joseph's Hall in the Hayti Heritage Center:
A recent transplant to North Carolina is Kobie Watkins, tour drummer for Sonny Rollins and Kurt Elling. Kobie studied at Northwestern in Chicago, where he got into the Latin scene and dabbled with timbales. He has played congas since he was a kid, and I heard evidence of that on the bossa "Ceora," when Kobie threw in some hand drum technique and allusions to Cuba and Brazil.
This was a concert highlighting the connections between hard bop and gospel, so it was fitting that two Ray Charles tunes were featured, with vocals by another Ray--the quintet's trumpeter, Ray Codrington:
Personnel: John Brown, leader/bass, Eric Hirsh, piano, Brian Miller, alto sax, Ray Codrington, trumpet/vocal, Kobie Watkins, drums.
Full set of concert photos on flickr
John Brown artist website