Stations that have added Bryan Bowman – Like Minds

WNUR 89.3 FM – Chicago, IL
KCSM 91.1 FM – San Francisco Bay Area
KSVY 91.3 – Sonoma, CA
WDNA 88.9 FM – Miami, Florida
WFIT 89.5 FM – Melbourne, Florida
WUCF 89.9 FM – Orlando, Florida
KUVO 8.3 FM – Denver, CO
KIPO 88.1 FM Hawaii Public Radio
KCBX FM – San Luis Obispo, CA
KSBR – 88.5 FM Mission Viejo, CA
KSJS 90.5FM Gilroy, CA
KUER 90.1 FM Salt Lake City, UT
WHFC 91.1 FM Bel Air, MD
WRTI 90.1 FM – Phillidelphia, PA
KRTU 91.7 FM – San Antonio, TX
KLCC 89.7 FM – Eugene, OR
KEWU 89.5 FM – Cheney, WA
WICN 90.5 FM – Worcester, MA
WESM 91.3 FM – Princess Anne, MD
WWUH 91.3 FM – Harford, CT
WSIE 88.7 FM – Edwardsville, IL

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All About Jazz Review of Bryan Bowman – Like Minds CD

Bryan Bowman: Like Minds (2015)

All About Jazz 
By Ed Blanco

A fixture in the San Francisco Bay Area jazz scene for some time, drummer and composer Bryan Bowman makes his recording debut as leader on Like Minds, a well-crafted eleven-piece musical statement of original contemporary jazz containing a touch of bop, blues and some burning accessible material delivered with a lot of spirit. Hailing from a family of musicians—where father Robert is a classical pianist and Professor Emeritus at Chico State University and mom plays the cello when not practicing psychology—one can understand the influence music must have had at home and perhaps, the obvious developments of his appreciable talents as musician. His professional experience has led him to tour and record with major jazz artists, perform on piano and serve as a regular accompanist with the California Jazz Conservatory.

Among the many factors that make this album so appealing, is the quintet of excellent world-class cast of players Bowman has chosen to accompany him on this first effort. One will experience the sounds of former New York performer and now Bay Area local, trumpeterIan Carey doing his best impersonation of Clifford Brown on the opening up tempo bebop number “Pick You Up,” while on the following “The Undone” former child prodigy, pianistMatt Clark and Indiana son and former Seattle mainstay, bassist Doug Miller are featured on solos. The drummer is the other featured player on the latter tune, in which he displays a bit of his more than ample chops on the sticks.

The light and tender ballad “Entitled” features Carey on the Harmonized muted trumpet along with the tasteful play of tenor saxophonist and Berkeley-native, Bob Kenmotsuplaying in unison as the modern rock/jazz piece “Restless Boy,” features the pianist and the leader in a solid performances. Bowman introduces the burning post-bop original “Other One,” where the drummer accents the splashing cymbals on another fast-paced sizzler featuring the trumpeter and saxophonist on hot solo shouts.

The music turns south on the soft medium tempo Bossa Nova-styled “Sleeping Cutie” which, turns out to be one of the highlights of the disc featuring Kenmotsu’s delicate tenor voice and Carey on the flugelhorn followed by some handy work on the keys from Clark—all marking this original a keeper worth repeated spins. The group gets into the blues on the angular melody of “Baloo’s” then takes a different approach on the lively upbeat rockish “Upper Hand.”

Bowman pens a homage to Wayne Shorter and Kenny Barron on the melodic medium tempo title track and closes the date with the gorgeous piano trio ballad of “Border,” featuring brisk solos from Miller, Clark on gentle piano lines and the leader on some light expressive brush work. Looking to branch out from his Bay Area roots, drummer Bryan Bowman’s audacious debut may well be the catalyst, the vehicle that this performer rides into the sunset claiming a piece of the jazz landscape all to himself. Clearly, a hidden treasure and a gem of an album, Like Minds shines all over.

Track Listing: Pick You Up; The Undone; Needles Everywhere; Entitled; Restless Boy; Other One; Sleeping Cutie; Baloo’s; Upper Hand; Like Minds; Border.

Personnel: Bryan Bowman: drums; Ian Carey: trumpet, flugelhorn; Bob Kenmotsu: tenor saxophone; Matt Clark: piano; Doug Miller: bass.

Record Label: Self Produced

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Like Minds featured on PRI Program Jazz After Hours

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The Bryan Bowman – Like Minds CD has and will again be featured on Jeff Hanley’s Jazz After Hours program on PRI. The show reaches the audiences of 70 affiliate stations worldwide every weekend. It’s a very eclectic and wonderful collection of artists and Jeff is very generous to include independent artists like myself.

Needles Everywhere was featured last Saturday on the show and Border will be played this coming Sunday May 31st.

Click here for a listing of Affiliate stations near you.

To date we have been added by 16 stations and counting throughout the US and have been getting a nice amount of airplay locally on KCSM.

KCSM 91.1 FM – San Francisco Bay Area
WDNA 88.9 FM – Miami, Florida
WFIT 89.5 FM – Melbourne, Florida
WUCF 89.9 FM – Orlando, Florida
KUVO 8.3 FM – Denver, CO
KIPO 88.1 FM Hawaii Public Radio
KCBX FM – San Luis Obispo
WRTI 90.1 FM – Phillidelphia
KRTU 91.7 FM – San Antonio
KLCC 89.7 FM – Eugene, Oregon
KEWU 89.5 FM – Cheney, Washington
WICN 90.5 FM – Worcester, MA
WESM 91.3 FM – Princess Anne, MD
WWUH 91.3 FM – Harford, CT
WSIE 88.7 FM – Edwardsville, IL

Jazz After Hours – PRI – Reaches 70 Stations Worldwide
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Bryan Bowman – Debut CD Release!

My new CD  release, Bryan Bowman – Like Minds is available now at and iTunes.  All of the compositions are Bryan Bowman originals and the recording features Matt Clark on piano, Bob Kenmotsu on saxophone, Ian Carey on trumpet, Doug Miller on bass and Bryan Bowman on drums. Find out much more here!

Bryan Bowman - Like Minds
Bryan Bowman – Like Minds

We recorded on January 31st, 2015 at Fantasy and I am very excited about how this group interpreted the music and the fantastic energy they brought to the studio!

Left to right - Bob Kenmotsu, Ian Carey, Doug Miller, Bryan Bowman and Matt Clark

Left to right – Bob Kenmotsu, Ian Carey, Doug Miller, Bryan Bowman and Matt Clark

I chose this group of people because each of them has a strong compositional sense as well as tremendous experience playing a variety of musical styles.

It was a dream come true in a very real way. I had expected to be happy with the performances but what emerged was a group sound that very much surprised me bringing to life these tunes that previously had only been played on my piano at home.

Here’s an excerpt from one of the tunes to listen to before you rush out and buy the CD!

The Undone – Bryan Bowman

SFJAZZ Opening Events

I’m playing this week with Mary Stallings Eric Reed and Matt Penman at the opening festivities at SFJAZZ. It’s humbling experience to say the least working with such great musicians and being around so many ridiculously amazing artists. A highlight was meeting and hearing Chick Corea who I have always admired. Also to meet and hear Jeff Ballard and Eric Harland has been a total blast. Between them and Brian Blade I think they are some of the greatest living musicians of the drumming variety. The SF Jazz Collective is a great group and the level of improv and mastery of these people is insane.

There is audio available from the opening night at NPR SFJAZZ Live Broadcast – I played on the opening song with Mary Stallings. Check out Chick throughout the evening! He’s playing better than ever.

Also irony of ironies would have me in the photo in todays issue of the New York Times about SFJAZZ. I thought I might sneak through unnoticed but no luck.

Marin Blog Review

Mark Levine Trio – Mount Shasta Brewery

On Saturday October 8th and Sunday October 9th I’m very happy to be a part of two jazz trio performances with pianist Mark Levine and bassist Greg Daugelli at the Mount Shasta Brewery in the town of Weed, California.

These are two of my favorite musicians on the planet and I’m sure it will be a great weekend of music.

I have known Mark since 1991 and have played with him off and on ever since. he is a very fine musician and literally wrote the book on jazz piano. His Jazz Piano book is published in several languages and has won international acclaim.

Greg Daugelli is a fabulous bass player and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Chico California. I have played with him since the early 80’s and definitely owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his encouragement and inspiration over the years.

Please come to the concert if you are in the area!

Mark Levine Concert Flyer – PDF

Syncopation Studies

This is my first drumming post. As an introduction to this forum, I would like to share some of my thoughts on how we can develop a more melodic sensibility while also improving our technical ability on the drum set. A strong command of the rudiments is essential to being able to play musically. This approach was an attempt to accomplish strong and useful chops in a fun and creative way. I’m hoping you find the exercises enjoyable as well!

The following PDF is the first block of exercises I created using the book, Syncopation by Ted Reed. You will see that I have written out numerous four bar phrases which share the same syncopated figure. The rolls that connect the rhythms are of different speeds and densities. You can look at them as a diverse palette of colors and shades you can use to augment any given syncopated figure.

It is a melodic approach to drumming which will allow you to command a much more musical grasp on these pots and pans we call the drums.

Download the following pdf to begin your journey and remember to be patient with yourself while learning them. More important than playing them exactly right, you should begin to see the patterns and the ways in which a simple syncopated figure can be expanded upon.

Syncopation – Snare Drum Studies – PDF Download

Once you have mastered these exercises the idea is that you would apply them to to pages 38 through 45 of the Syncopation book. Each exercise should be memorized and thought of as a key which you can apply as you sight read through your Syncopation studies. Hopefully as you look at the examples you will begin to see the logic in this. Feel free to ask questions should they come up. Audio examples will be added soon too I promise!

For the Drumset
The next set of exercises is essentially the same concepts expanded to include the snare and bass drum together. These are hard but fun and I think will provide you with a sense of what is possible. My hope is that you will take these ideas and create much hipper phrases and concepts to use in whatever style of music you like to play.

Syncopation Studies for the Drumset – PDF Download

Jazz Drummer and Composer