AMAN -- The youngest of five brothers, Aman was born to play the trumpet. With unusually round cheeks as a baby, his dad predicted from birth that he'd be a horn player. To this day, his trumpet goes pretty much wherever he goes (along with his spitoon). Born in San Francisco, he began playing jazz trumpet around age 7, and over the years added additional genres, including R&B, classical and funk.
Aman has been playing music with his brothers (the Cowell Brotet) since a young age. The responsibility of playing so many "lead" parts with the group has been great for him, and with Khari on the drums, Nick on bass, and J on keys, he's always had plenty of support.
"Even though I'm the youngest, I was never intimidated about playing, cause my older brothers were always there with me," he explains."
He's participated in everything from Jazz to Blues to Classical, The past couple of years have found him spending a lot of time composing, along with developing his vocals. He has started his junior year at CA State University—Chico as a music education major. That's a busy schedule, but it all falls into place with his goal of one day teaching music at the university level.
When it comes to his favorite musicians, Aman gathers inspiration from their character, as well as their musical abilities. Some of his favorite trumpet players include Dizzy Gillespie, a pioneer of Bebop, and Ambrose Akinmusire, a modern trumpet player with a unique sound and style, along with many other musicians and bands across the spectrum of music.
"Dizzy just seems like a fun guy. In addition to being a jazz legend, he seems like the kind of person who had a quirky sense of humor--who knew how to have fun. Ambrose seems to have a more serious side. If I can channel all aspects of myself into my horn, then I'm on my way to reaching my full music potential."