Photo above copyright Adrian Wharton
Jamie Brownfield, 24, hails from the village of Llanrhaeadr Y.M. in Mid Wales. He started on the cornet aged 9 playing in the local brass band and by the time he was 12 was performing jazz in public. When Jamie was 13, he formed his first band ‘The JB Quintet’ and the following year recorded his first CD ‘No Animals Were Harmed……’ A few years later he began to play with many other bands and performed at the Silverstone F1 Grand Prix Party to a crowd of over 25,000 with members of the Brit Floyd.
Jamie has now been playing professionally now for many years touring the jazz festival & club circuits in the UK & Europe, as well as backing vocalists, TV and session work.
In 2012 Jamie was awarded 1st place in the ‘Rising Star’ category of the British Jazz Awards.
Some of the festivals Jamie has performed at include: MJF (Manchester Jazz Festival), London Jazz Festival, Titley Jazz, Festival Delle Colline (Florence, Italy), Enkhuizen (Holland) Swanage and many more.
Jamie now has an ever growing back catalogue of recordings with his own bands, special projects such as ‘Reflections of Fats’ by American Pianist Jeff Barnhart, Session work for various TV & Radio recordings and played on Channel 4’s most recent series of Shameless
Jamie co runs both the Brownfield Byrne Quintet & Hot Six with saxophonist Liam Byrne, playing 1940’s Swing arrangements to Hard Bop. He has now formed his own band with some of his favourite musicians to make his own new sound, and start writing new tunes, hoping to take his career to the next level.
No Animals Were Harmed…… – The JB Quintet (2006)
Keepin’ it Cool – Brownfield Byrne Quintet (2009) available on itunes
Reflections of Fats – Jeff Barnhart (2012) available from Lake Records, Amazon, HMV, Tesco, Spotify
Key on a String – Suzanne Mott (feat. Tom Kincaid) available from Amazon, CD Baby, itunes,Spotify
Reprise of Swing – Paul Stone www.paulstonemusic.co.uk
BBQ – Brownfield Byrne Quintet (2013)
Seven Envelopes – Watch TV (2015)
White Rabbits – Heidi Browne (2015)
Instrumental Jazz Music – Ginger Tunes/Ameritz (2015) Spotify – Click Here for Round Midnight
Various TV Commercials (2015)
Mersey Mersey Mersey -Ginger tunes (2016)
Go Down To New Orleans – Jamie Brownfield Quartet (2016)
The Bright Side – Dorine De Wit (2016)
2006 – BBC Wales – Documentary
2010 – BBC 2 – Victorian Pharmacy
2012 – Channel 4 – Shameless – Series 11 Episode 11
2016 – BBC Four – Flying Scotsman The Locomotive Legend
2016 – Online Tv Fat Pigeon, with Tom Seals
The Jamie Brownfield Quartet
The Jamie Brownfield quartet consists of British Jazz Awards rising star, Jamie on Trumpet. Tom Kincaid on Piano, Ken Marley on Double Bass, and Jack Cotterill on Drums. This fresh and exciting quartet have a vast range of experience in different styles of music and have come together to play their own mix of New Orleans street beat, swing & reggae.
The band are heavily influenced by the likes of Harry Connick Jr, Leroy Jones, Clark Terry,Oscar Peterson & Christian McBride, to name only a few. From the original New Orleans Street Beat tunes such as “The Happy Feet Blues” through to our own compositions you can hear the roots of the music we listen to.
The band members have played with such notables as Bruce Adams, Shakin Stevens, Scott Hamilton, Alan Barnes, Digby Fairweather… Playing all over the world from Europe, to Scandinavia, and as far as the US!
The band have a residency, and perform once a month at Matt & Phreds Jazz Club, Manchester.
The Brownfield-Byrne Quintet (the BBQ)
Conceived in 2009 by trumpeter, Jamie Brownfield and saxophonist, Liam Byrne, both of whom are based in rural North Wales. Embracing the trumpet and tenor tradition of 1950’s bebop, the group’s repertoire has expanded considerably over the past few years to incorporate much earlier forms of jazz, reflecting the ever-expanding influences that inform it’s style. By placing an emphasis on a high standard of musicianship and a challenging repertoire, and staying true to their original jazz influences, these five musicians succeed in achieving a broad appeal with young and old alike, breaking down the boundaries that traditionally exist between the respective jazz genres. Equally at home playing to late night revellers in a city centre jazz club, or performing to aficionados at an old-style traditional jazz festival, the quintet’s sound is characterised by the vibrancy of its front line horn section over a driving rhythm section consisting of guitar, double bass and drums. Combining a 21st sensibility with a passion for earlier styles of jazz has given the band a unique sound and identity which has earned them a growing reputation in the UK as torch bearers of the jazz tradition.’
Their first CD ‘keepin’ it Cool’ came 4th in the ‘New CD’ category of the 2009 British Jazz Awards.
The Brownfield Byrne Hot Six
Inspired by the swing era stylists of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, the ‘hot6’ performs music by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Bix Biederbeck, Fats Waller, early Duke Ellington and the John Kirby sextet. The band has now been together since January 2012 and after tentative beginnings we think we have now developed a good band sound which is original whilst still being firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. We are lucky to have Liam who is responsible for most of the bands repertoire and writes all of the arragements we play which tend to be re-imaginings of the classic jazz repertoire featuring tighty harmonized horns and guitar set against the rhythm section backdrop. The rhythm section combination of bassist Jim Swinnerton, guitarist Andy Hulme and Jack Cotterill on drums creates a really authentic and infectious swing feel while the talents of standout soloists, Jamie Brownfield and Tom Kincaid can really energize and lift the band.