January 18, 2018
Music by Tom Browne
Join us for an “Evening of Elegance” for the 18th Annual Festival. The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Gala, is the kick-off event for the Festival and recognizes and honor our sponsors, partners and the community. Come dressed to impress and bring your dancing shoes. Semi-Formal to Formal Attire. The entertainment for this event will be Tom Browne.
With over three decades of recordings and sharing the concert stage with luminary figures of jazz music, Tom Browne continues to captivate listeners as an entertainer who has successfully mixed stage presence and musical artistry with a sincere audience connection and warmth. “People don’t just come to hear your music,” says Browne, “they come to connect with you!”
Tom is perhaps best known for what music icon George Benson said of his “believability in any musical style; his ability to communicate!” This ability to emerge ones-self into the musical era, style and dreamscape of a composition, and then artistically create as though you are perfectly at home in that location, is a rarity among musicians. Perhaps this ability is resultant of Browne’s upbringing near Jamaica, New York where greats like Count Basie lived on one block and James Brown on another. “It was the merger of so many musical influences and styles that created
the Jamaica scene, and certainly my approach” says Browne.
To date, Tom has over sixteen solo projects on the market, including the very recent Neo-Soul/Jazz sizzler entitled Legacy, released in mid 2016.
Admission Prices: TBD