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Don Braden


A world-class saxophonist, flutist, composer and educator, Don Braden’s jazz career has spanned over 40 years. He has toured the world with jazz greats Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Tony Williams, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock and the Hancock Institute, and many others, and has performed in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, Saturday Night Live, Harvard University (where he studied Engineering as an undergrad), and countless jazz festivals and clubs. He has played on over 100 CDs as a sideman and has produced 23 as a leader, the most recent being his critically acclaimed Earth Wind and Wonder and the recently released In the Spirit of Herbie Hancock and Chemiatry, co-led with bassist Joris Teepe.



Label: Consolidated Artists Productions
Released: 2023
Track listing: Now’s the Time; Just in Time; Caravan; Nutville; Nature Boy; Train Shuffle; Jungle Juice; Mayreh; The Summer Knows; Summertime; Sugar; Windmills of Your Mind; Overjoyed; Now’s the Time (outro).


Article: Radio & Podcasts

I Wished On The Moon - A Birthday Shoutout To Dorothy Parker Plus New Releases From Kris Davis, Don Braden, Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo

Read "I Wished On The Moon - A Birthday Shoutout To Dorothy Parker Plus New Releases From Kris Davis, Don Braden, Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo, Kris Davis Diatom Ribbons, Don Braden and Linda Purl, with birthday shoutouts to Dorothy Parker (I Wished On the Moon, How Am I To Know), Alice Coltrane, Vicki Burns, Nanny Assis, Mimi Fox, Nicky Schrire, Linda May Han Oh, among others. Thanks for listening and ...


Article: Interview

A Conversation with Don Braden

Read "A Conversation with Don Braden" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This interview was first published in two parts at All About Jazz on May 1999. In this interview, we chat with Don Braden about his views on MP3 files, his relationship with Bill Cosby, the impact Kenny Kirkland had on his latest album for RCA Victor, Fire Within, and a host of other related ...


Article: Album Review

Don Braden: Earth Wind and Wonder, Vol. 2

Read "Earth Wind and Wonder, Vol. 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As on the first recording of this two-volume series, acclaimed tenor saxophonist Don Braden pays tribute to a couple of his coming-of-age idols, singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder and the genre-defying group Earth, Wind and Fire. Braden has chosen four of Wonder's compositions and three associated with EW&F to accompany a pair of his splendid original themes.

News: Recording

Don Braden: Earth Wind and Wonder, Vol. 2

Don Braden: Earth Wind and Wonder, Vol. 2

It has long astonished me that so many jazz musicians choose to ignore the Third Great American Songbook when looking for songs to cover on albums and in performance. Instead, many regularly turn to songs by composers such as Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hart, and Jimmy Van Heusen. Or they turn to jazz standards ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tina Turner + Selma Savolainen, Ben Van Gelder, Rajna Swaminathan & More

Read "Tina Turner + Selma Savolainen, Ben Van Gelder, Rajna Swaminathan & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A tribute to Tina Turner opens a show featuring music characterized by a deliberate desire to blur the lines between jazz and other genres, be it pop, R&B, world music or church music, and to do so with the most wonderful arrangements. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & ...


Article: Liner Notes

Conrad Herwig: Obligation

Read "Conrad Herwig: Obligation" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Jazz fans tend to be fanatical about those artists that most directly speak to their own musical tastes. Over time, a sense of familiarity with the musical personalities of their iconic favorites becomes entrenched, followed by categorization based on style and genre. Those already familiar with Conrad Herwig's musical endeavors over the past 20 years are ...


Article: Liner Notes

Anthony Wonsey: The Thang

Read "Anthony Wonsey: The Thang" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Wisdom, it is often said, comes with age and experience. This axiom has special relevance for those who pursue excellence in the arts. Whether painters, dancers, or composers, the true creators have found that it takes time and patience to develop a singular voice. Youth seems to bring with it a desire to put technique at ...


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