It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of dynamic alto saxophonist and educator/organiser, and friend to this site, Christian Brewer, after a long illness. This post will be added as more tributes emerge.
Alex Garnett has posted this on Facebook today 27 February 2021: It is with heavy heart to say I have been informed by Christian’s family that he departed our mortal world in the early hours of this morning. God bless you my friend.Thanks for the memories and the music. May your soul’s transition into pure sound be a swinging one.
Brian Blain in 2017, reviewing gigs with Jim Mullen for this site, called him the “creator of so many North London scenes and an alto/soprano player of driving enthusiasm,power and creativity.”
Jamie O’Donnell has written: “He was a wonderful alto player and always generous. Christian set up so many great gigs which he would hand out to friends’ bands and he was always letting players sit in on his own gig.”
LINK: Biography on the Japanese Aizen site
Christian Brewer. Lower Ground Bar, West Hampstead. 2013. Photo by Melody McLaren