The band explores many realms of music: ambient avant-garde to jazzy groove to funk to latin to agressive progressive rock fusion. The bands original repetoire is high-energy and experimental. The band performs with varying configurations but always constists of stellar musicians who bring groove and improvisational flare.
Claudio de Pujadas - Drums
Elliot Garland - Bass
Ross Brown - Vocals, Guitar
Marc Kaplan - keys
Thomas Razler - Tenor Sax
Chris Aschman - Trumpet, Steel Drum
"The Aliens Are Getting Angry"
- Album by The Ross Brown Project
Jazz Review: Cafe Habana - Five Stars
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Load up on authentic Cuban bites, tasty house drinks and get ready to hear great live music at Cafe ...Load up on authentic Cuban bites, tasty house drinks and get ready to hear great live music at Cafe Habana's "Jazzy Fridays." Nestled off 21st and Sansom streets this Cuban restaurant/bar/lounge offers a sweet escape from your typical college bar scene. For only $5 at the door, it is a small, intimate venue for local jazz bands from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
As you walk through the black iron gate, you feel like you are in the Caribbean - minus the 120-degree weather and the white linen suits. Inside, warm lighting is inviting and wooden ceiling fans slowly spin above. Statues of the Virgin Mary are perched on the bright blue back wall and the band is set up inches from the dinner tables.
The concept - to bring live jazz bands - to Habana was suggested a few years ago by a waiter, a Temple music student. At first the restaurant started out with mostly student bands. Then, in an attempt to draw an older crowd, owner Juan Carlos Fernandez said they began carding at the door.
With a bar serving specialty drinks like the "El General," "Corazon" and the "Cuban Cosmo" the 21-plus crowd is always happy. Habana takes so much pride in their mojitos that in 2001 it was awarded "Best of Philly" by "Philadelphia Magazine."
Wines from Chile, Argentina, Portugal and Spain also fill the menu. For people filtering in after dinner, it's a perfect place to drink and cap off the night with some Cuban flare.
"For jazz, it is a very big Temple place," Fernandez said.
Like most places in the city, Habana welcomes Temple students and loves the Temple music programs that helped mold the musicians that play there today.
The Ross Brown Project started off the night with a full house. Their music is a mix of blues, jazz and funk scattered with intense guitar, bass and drum solos.
Around 11 p.m., the music kicked off and from the moment it began it was hard to keep still. Even though this reporter had an up front table, she wasn't the only one bobbing her head, itching to dance. People standing along the wall were rocking out with their mojitos in hand.
Brown led the set with passionate guitar
licks and fill-in drummer Lucien Dowdell followed just as strongly - with the forehead sweat to prove it.
"Ross's music seems to be a little bit more structured than a typical jazz gig," he said.
Each set was better than the last as the energy of their music kept building all night.
Jaymie Morales can be reached at email@example.com.
Sets typically consist of mostly original music from
"The Aliens Are Getting Angry" album and other unreleased compositions as well as a few covers done in our own style and arrangement. The band can play the 30 minute power set or two and half hour marathon set or multiple sets.
The Aliens Are Getting Angry
Jean-Pierre / Wiz Wit
Chasing the Bread
We Are Not Here to Answer the Phone
Here are some of the covers in the repetoire:
Syeeda's Songflute - Coltrane
Thread the Needle - Liquid Soul
Hottentot - John Scofield
Blackout - John Scofield
So What - Miles
Footprints - Wayne Shorther
Shake Everything You Got (Southwick) - Maceo Parker
Cissy Strut - The Meters
Funky Bitch - Son Seals
There are no upcoming dates at this time.
|May 5, 2007 Saturday||8:00 PM||Private Party||Cape May, NJ, US|
|Apr 28, 2007 Saturday||9:00 PM||World Cafe Live||Philadelphia, PA, US|
|Dr. Ketchup "Modern Savages" CD release party|
|Dec 30, 2006 Saturday||10:00 PM||The Funhouse||Bethlehem, PA, US|
|with Blue Sees Red|
|Oct 20, 2006 Friday||11:00 PM||Cafe Habana||Philadelphia, PA, US|
|Sep 15, 2006 Friday||11:00 PM||Cafe Habana||Philadelphia, PA, US|
|Sep 1, 2006 Friday||9:00 PM||World Cafe Live||Philadelphia, PA, US|
|Aug 11, 2006 Friday||8:00 PM||Musikfest - Main Street||Bethlehem, PA, US|
|Aug 5, 2006 Saturday||12:00 PM||Musikfest - Volksplatz||Bethlehem, PA, US|
|Jul 21, 2006 Friday||11:00 PM||Cafe Habana||Philadelphia, PA, US|
|May 19, 2006 Friday||11:00 PM||Cafe Habana||Philadelphia, PA, US|
|Cafe Habana 102 South 21st Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 US|
|Apr 30, 2006 Sunday||4:00 PM||The Crooked Frame||Philadelphia, PA, US|
|Fairmount Arts Crawl|
|Jan 25, 2006 Wednesday||9:00 PM||The Northstar Bar||Philadelphia, PA, US|
|Jan 14, 2006 Saturday||7:00 PM||Dahlak||Philadelphia, PA, US|
|Amare Solomon Tribute Concert|