One of the most exciting things about being a music fan is discovering an artist when they come into their own and contribute their own voice to the jazz tradition. The audience at An Die Musik got a taste of that feeling watching Peabody Conservatory student Brandon Born lead his first band at An Die Musik Live on November 21, 2023. The young bandleader and his quartet played a mix of original tunes and covers that showcased his versatility as a musician and songwriter. An original ballad "If You Could See Me Now," began with Born showcasing his skill as a Barney Kessel style-solo guitarist before bassist Jeff Reed joined in. He also played some more obscure covers including the Giant Steps-esque "Elucidation" by Pat Metheny. Born ended the night by calling back to jazz's roots with an original blues, along with a cover of New Orleans funk classic "Cissy Strut" by The Meters. Trombonist Christian Hizon supported Born with tasteful melodies throughout the night.
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