The Brawner Brothers Band is a dynamic jazz -funk group that infuses Blues, R&B and Latin elements into its extensive repertoire. The Harlem, New York based group has been highly acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, performing at some of the most prestigious music venues around the country. Kenny Brawner, a keyboardist, vocalist and composer, leads the group, which includes his brother Everett Brawner on bass. A guitarist, drummer and percussionist round out a tight rhythm section that is complimented by a powerful but fluid and smooth horn section.

Kenny plays his own distinctive style of Jazz, Funk, R&B and Blues. John Wilson of the New York Times once described his style as “rich, romantic with bold striking figures and a strong stomping beat.” Curt Davis of the New York Post described Kenny’s writing, playing and singing as “strong and assertive”. For nearly a decade he led and composed for a jazz-funk recording band called “Raw Sugar.” During that period, his funk composition Whups it on Me was chosen ‘Showstopper of the Week’ on WBLS in New York, and another production collaboration with Onaje Allan Gumbs achieved a large degree of success.

The Brawner Brothers appear regularly in Jazz and Blues venues in the New York area and around the country, doing clubs, music festivals and college concerts. On the world stage they recently completed a month long tour in Turkey. For the past two seasons they have appeared live onstage with the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, performing the legendary Blues Suite, which has generated rousing ovations and rave reviews, including several from the New York Times. One review said, “The Blues suite felt enjoyable in an uncomplicated theatrical way not least because of the wonderful musicians, Kenny Brawner and the Brawner Brothers playing the accompanying songs…The sound of Mr. Brawner singing is the stuff of an immediate good mood.” Another said, “Alvin Ailey’s 1958 “Blues Suite (with the magnificent live playing and singing of Kenny Brawner and the Brawner Brothers.”

The Brawner Brothers most recent album “This Is Where You Wanna Be” contains elements that epitomize the originality and versatility of the band. Along with some funky and bluesy original material, it includes rearrangements of jazz classics like Love For Sale, You Don’t Know What Love Is, a soulful treatment of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition and a Latin jazz interpretation of Cannonball Adderly’s Jive Samba.

Whether listening to their recorded music or experiencing the excitement of their live performances, you will agree, this is where you wanna be.

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