Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Brandon Primus joins Dirty Redd's jam on Thurs, June 11, at the Noble Savage, 417 Texas
From the Brandon Primus myspace page: "Born on October 13, 1983, Brandon Marcele Spencer Primus grew up in Shreveport, LA. Brandon was heavily influenced by the music of Anita Baker, Grover Washington, Jr. and Kenny G from his mother, Purdetha Primus. Around the age of 7, Brandon began to experiment with the piano.
At about the age of 10, Brandon enrolled in beginning band at Keithville Middle School, where he discovered his true voice---the saxophone. After months of practice, he got enough courage to play a saxophone solo at a children's musical for his church, the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. He performed "When the Saints Go Marching In" and was given a standing ovation! This convinced Brandon that he should pursue playing the Saxophone throughout his life.
Brandon went on to Huntington High School where he played in the famous Huntington High School Jazz Ensemble in his Freshman year. Under the direction of Jordan "Chuck" Edwards, Brandon would now advance his quest for knowledge in music, specifically Jazz and Soul. He advanced so quickly that Chuck Edwards offered him a position in his personal R & B Band. Subsequently Brandon and a couple of his classmates formed a band called Music, Inc. and started to perform at most of the high society social events in the Shreveport area.
During Brandon's junior year in High School, he received an opportunity that would forever change his life. A community service organization called the One Hundred Men of Shreveport sponsored Brandon to attend the prestigious 5-week Summer Performance Program at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ma. Here, he had the opportunity to study and play with some of the world's greatest musicians.
After graduating from Huntington High School, Brandon attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe to finish the core curriculum so he could focus solely on Music studies at Berklee.
Brandon had the opportunity to study with Walter Beasley, a prominent Smooth Jazz musician and one of his childhood influences. He also studied Dennis Montgomery III, who is also from Shreveport and unarguably the greatest Organist Brandon has ever heard. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music, Brandon decided to move to New York. He started playing at open mics such as Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar, Cafe Wha, Club Groove NYC and the Village Underground. Playing at these places, Brandon started gaining exposure and created a following. He started sharing the stage with artists like Rashaan Patterson, Jody Watley and Jeffrey Osbourne and performing at places like BB King's Jazz and Blues Night Club in Times Square and the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA.
Next, Brandon received the opportunity to perform on the legendary television show "Showtime at the Apollo"! He simply wanted to showcase his talents here but he not only did that---he won three times and went to finals! While all of these performances were happening, Brandon worked on an album project entitled, "My Destiny". He wrote all of the songs and self-produced all of the music.
Check one of his youtube performances.