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All About Jazz user Braxton Cook

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NYC/DC Jazz Saxophonist

As a young emerging saxophonist, Braxton Cook has already garnered several honors and accolades. While in high school, he had been honored to be one of 30 other high school musicians selected from a nationwide competition to participate in the 2009 Grammy Jazz ensemble, held during the same week as the Grammy Awards. Braxton had also been accepted into the Vail Jazz Workshop, a select group of musicians nationwide, where he studied with Jeff Clayton, John Clayton, Bill Cunliffe, Terrell Stafford and Lewis Nash. Shortly thereafter, he won a Gold medal in the 2009 National ACT-SO competition sponsored by the NAACP. During his freshman year at Georgetown University, Braxton was selected as NFAA's 2010 YoungARTS Finalist and participated in a fully-paid expense week in Miami, Florida with 150 other Finalists. While there, he received the Silver Medal and was selected to participate in another YoungARTS week in New York with other Silver and Gold Medalists. In the Fall of 2011, Braxton had transferred from Georgetown University, where he studied English, to the prestigious Juilliard School on the Illinois Jacquet Scholarship to hone his skills as a jazz saxophonist. Since his transition, he has been fortunate to share the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste and Christian Scott. Most recently, Braxton has become the newest member of trumpeter Christian Scott's band. He has toured nationally with his group and in the Fall of 2012 went on a 3 week international tour with the Christian Scott Sextet as well. This allowed him to see the world for the fist time and gave him an invaluable learning experience. In the Summer of 2013 Braxton was selected as a semifinalist in the International Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition where he competed for a twenty five thousand dollar cash prize and a record contract with Concord Music. In his remaining years at The Juilliard School, Braxton will continue to study music privately with Ron Blake and Steve Wilson. In addition, he hopes to continue performing regularly with the Christian Scott Sextet as well as his with his own group.

For more information, please visit www.braxtoncook.com

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