Brook's Story (his bio in various lengths)
Please use the following in all promotional materials:
2-3 words: Two hands, one guitar
1 sentence: "The guitar playing is phenomenal and quite original" Darryl Salach, Target Magazine
Paragraph Versions of Brook's Bio (Use one, two or all three of these paragraphs):
"Brook's versatile and accomplished guitar playing runs a gamut from blues to jazz to folk. The playing and singing is by turns reflective, relaxing, and stirring." Bill Dewey, Reclaiming Quarterly.
Brook's original themes start from the heart, take wing through personal transformation, move out through their connection with the natural world, and on into empowered action.
Since the release of his first solo album, Brook has been consistently touring in the United States and Western Europe as well as appearing as a Featured Artist at the Zihautanejo International Guitar Festival in March 2006.
He has worked with roots greats Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, and he has supported numerous national and local musicians in just about every American musical genre from folk and blues through jazz, swing, rock, funk, soul, and country. Among these are: Anne Hill, Linda Hirschorn, Mokai, Opie Bellas, and T. Thorn Coyle, Bruce Langhorn, Michaelle Gorlitz, Laurie Lewis, Mimi Fox.
Brook's song, "12 Long Years" (co-written with Bernie
Gilbert) hit #2 on the Broadjam top ten in the Chicago Blues category
His recordings can be heard on Internet stations like Split Open and Melt Radio. And he can be heard on radio stations in the United States and Western Europe, notably: ALOOGA Radio in Germany and Radio SINAI in Belgium, and in select markets in the United States.
While teaching jazz improvisation at Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo, as well at the University of California Los Angeles, he played with many of the premier blues and jazz groups and performers in the area. Among them San Luis Jazz, Avanti, singer Myra Echols, Dorsey band alumnus Marty Wright, former Birdland pianist Fletcher Peck, Motown recording artist Renaldo Jackson, and the Montreux Jazz Festival Award winning Cuesta College Community Jazz Band.
Brook’s music reflects his activism: among his original material are songs about social justice, grass-roots action, peace and environmental awareness. Additionally, he has worked with many groups internationally as a facilitator and consensus trainer.
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"Like his first CD, this recording is held together by Brook's versatile and accomplished guitar playing, which runs a gamut from blues to jazz to folk. The live recording enhances the presence of the playing and singing, which is by turns reflective, relaxing, and stirring...For listeners wanting a roots-ier feel to their Pagan music, this CD and its predecessor are a great place to start." - Bill Dewey - Reclaiming Quarterly
Ashkenaz, Bazaar Café, Berkeley Jazz Festival, College of Marin, The Elbo Room, EPIC Arts Center, Finn Hall, Freight & Salvage, Hotel Cosmo, La Peña Cultural Center, Mercury Cafe - Denver, Modern Times Bookstore, Monday Club, No Name, Nomad Cafe, The Nameless, Oh! My Goddess - Denver, Panama Hotel, Pantheacon, Park Chalet, Piatti Restaurant, Railroad Cafe, Simple Pleasures Cafe, SoMa Gallery, Sonnenhof at Getalo - Germany, Swiss Hotel, University of Illinois – Springfield.
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1) Close Up of Face (6.5MB), courtesy Oliver Greef
2) Action Full Body Shot (3.5MB), courtesy Toni Savage
3) Action Close Up (1.5MB), courtesy Toni Savage