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Biography: 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

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Spirit Fingers: Peace

Read "Peace" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Variety is said to be the spice of life and it's also a big plus for music. What stands out on this record is variety of the broadest measure. Pianist Greg Spero has a diverse resume that includes assembling this powerful quartet boasting guitarist Dario Chiazzolino and the mighty rhythm section of bassist Max ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Camilla George: Warrior Charge

Read "Camilla George: Warrior Charge" reviewed by Chris May

In 2017, alto saxophonist and composer Camilla George's band was the support act for a Dee Dee Bridgewater gig at the London Jazz Festival. After George had finished her set, Bridgewater, who had been listening in the wings, came onstage, took the mike, and announced: “The world is safe because we have Camilla." Others in Cadogan ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lauren Desberg Is Out for Delivery

Read "Lauren Desberg Is Out for Delivery" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

On her new album, Out for Delivery, Vocalist Lauren Desberg flirts boldly with today's pop sound while remaining informed by Jazz. Join Lauren and me as she talks about Japan, interludes, restaurant gigs, New Orleans, and other randomly connected inspirations. Out for Delivery features saxophonist Braxton Cook, pianist Kris Bowers, drummer Jonathan Barber, guitarist ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Montreux Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Montreux Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin McFie

Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland June 28 to July 13, 2019 Montreux Jazz festival began in 1967, driven by the vision of Claude Nobs in collaboration with Geo Voumard, Rene Langel, and the Office of Tourism in their hometown Montreux, on Lake Geneva. This year 2019, was the 53rd edition. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Marquis Hill Blacktet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Marquis Hill Blacktet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Marquis Hill, one of the most promising American jazz players, combines jazz with contemporary beats. Former band member of Marcus Miller. “A dauntingly skilled trumpeter." —New York TimesTrumpeter Marquis Hill leaves a great impression with the way he connects jazz to spoken word, hip-hop and contemporary beats and breaks. In his Blacktet he plays ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jack Kilby: Love is a Song Anyone Can Sing

Read "Love is a Song Anyone Can Sing" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Jack Kilby and the Front Line is a collaborative effort formed in 2014 in New York City. The ensemble includes members from New York, Washington DC, and Virginia. What is most striking is the span of generations, ranging from twenty-six to forty-six. The album has been released in separate volumes but is now available as one ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Braxton Cook "Somewhere In Between" Saxophonist/Vocalist Jazz, R&B, Soul Hot, New Cutting Edge! Album Drop Date Jan. 31

Braxton Cook "Somewhere In Between" Saxophonist/Vocalist Jazz, R&B, Soul Hot, New Cutting Edge! Album Drop Date Jan. 31

BRAXTON COOK Somewhere In Between Saxophonist/Vocalist Jazz, R&B, Soul Hot, New Cutting Edge! Available January 31 About Braxton Cook A 25-year-old with an old soul. Sunny personality, with homemade qualities, and a love of relationships between music passion, family and friends. Braxton's positivity acts as a way to create a message and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

2016 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 29 - July 1, 2016

Read "2016 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 29 - July 1, 2016" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 29-July 9, 2016 When they say the Montreal Jazz Festival is the biggest in the world, they're not kidding. Several city blocks full of concert venues, outdoor stages, and vendors. There are six seated concert venues on the grounds, and another six just ...


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