Collaborating in 2002 as BWB, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown recorded the album Groovin’. The title track hit #1 and was followed by a popular US tour in the Fall of 2002. Now they’re back thrilling audiences as the super group BWB.
BWB performs “Can You Feel Me” at Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway 2013
These are three time tested musicians. Rick Braun has done just about everything, from backing the likes of Rod Stewart and Sade to stepping out into the spotlight as a vocalist and a master of the trumpet and flugelhorn. Kirk Whalum was an in demand session player for top artists like, Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and most notably, Whitney Houston, amongst many others. Norman Brown taught at the Musician Institute in Los Angeles and his “Just Chillin’” release earned him a GRAMMY® Award in the best pop instrumental category.
Brian Culbertson Joins Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum & Rick Braun
Three of contemporary jazz’s finest musicians again join forces – celebrating the recent release of their album Human Nature. This long-awaited sequel to their debut project spotlights BWB’s stupendous re-imagining of 11 selections made famous by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. This new release features familiar, much loved material with a fresh new twist as only these top musicians can provide.
Tribute to Michael Jackson – please watch!
BWB hits New York City next week! Showtimes are Wenesday, June 26th at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Celebrate the Smooth Cruises’ 16th year on the Hudson, aboard The Spirit of New York, located at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers (23rd St & West Side Highway). Listen to BWB while taking in breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. Enjoy a night to remember as Rick Braun (trumpet/flugelhorn), Kirk Whalum (saxophone), and Norman Brown (guitar) play tracks from the new release — and a whole lot more!
BWB perform “I Can’t Help It” at Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway 2013 – slow and moody….
For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.smoothjazznewyork.com. Tickets are ON SALE NOW online and by phone. Standard tickets for the Wednesday, June 26th BWB show are $59.50.