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Jaimie Branch


Jaimie Branch was an American jazz trumpeter and composer.

Branch was born in Huntington, New York, on June 17, 1983. She started playing trumpet at age nine. At age 14, she moved to Wilmette, a suburb of Chicago.  She attended the New England Conservatory of Music.

After graduating, Branch moved back to Chicago, working as a musician, organizer, and sound engineer on the local music scene, including with Jason Ajemian (on The Art of Dying, 2006), Keefe Jackson's Project Project (on Just Like This, 2007), Tim Daisy's New Fracture Quartet (on 1000 Lights, 2008), Anton Hatwich, and Ken Vandermark. She performed in Chicago and New York with her trio Princess, Princess, with bassist Toby Summerfield and drummer Frank Rosaly, in trios with Tim Daisy and Daniel Levin,[6] Matt Schneider, and Jason Adasiewicz,  and with Chris Velkommen and Sam Weinberg. Together with Jason Stein, Jeb Bishop, and Jason Roebke, she founded the band Block and Tackle.[citation needed] She played on five albums between 2006 and 2008.


Fly Or Die Fly Or Die Fly Or Die ((World War))

Label: International Anthem Recording Company
Released: 2023
Track listing: Aurora Rising; Borealis Dancing; Burning Grey; The Mountain; Baba Louis; Bolinko Bass; And Buma Walks; Take Over The World: World War (Reprise).


Article: Year in Review

Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023

Read "Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Chris May

Another great year for recorded jazz. Fourteen of 2023's most special albums are presented here. Eight are new recordings and six are reissues or previously unreleased archive items. Joint Number One Best New Albums Of 2023 Irreversible Entanglements Protect Your Light Impulse! There are two contendors for the slam-dunk ...


Article: Live Review

Irreversible Entanglements At EartH

Read "Irreversible Entanglements At EartH" reviewed by Chris May

Irreversible Entanglements EartH Theatre Protect Your Light Hackney, London November 15, 2023 Co-winners of this parish's Best Album of 2023 for Protect Your Light (Impulse!), sharing the blunt with the late Jaimie Branch's Fly Or Die quartet's ((World War)) (International Anthem), Irreversible Entanglements' return to the London Jazz ...


Article: Live Review

Makaya McCraven At Barbican Centre

Read "Makaya McCraven At Barbican Centre" reviewed by Chris May

Makaya McCraven with London Contemporary Orchestra Barbican Centre, Main Hall In These Times London November 11, 2023 Jazz, said Whitney Balliett in 1958, is the sound of surprise. The New Yorker critic, who passed in 2007 but remains one of jazz literature's most felicitous writers, was describing jazz ...


Article: Album Review

SoSaLa: 1993

Read "1993" reviewed by Chris May

Saxophonist SoSaLa--born Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi to Iranian parents in Switzerland, brought up in Germany, martial arts student in Japan, and a New York City resident since 2008--is the sort of wild card we need more of in jazz. Not necessarily because of the actual music he makes, which has limited appeal, but because of the energy ...


Article: Album Review

Aruán Ortiz: Pastor's Paradox

Read "Pastor's Paradox" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When clarinetist and saxophonist Don Byron and pianist Aruán Ortiz teamed up for the recording of Random Dances And (A)Tonalities (Intakt Records, 2018) they brought an unprecedented wealth of stylistic experiences to the studio. The result was an unconventional duo sound that blurred the distinctions between their collective comfort zones. Byron and Ortiz return on the ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Jaimie Branch: 7 Steps To Heaven

Read "Jaimie Branch: 7 Steps To Heaven" reviewed by Chris May

Following the 2024 re-election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, and his subsequent ratification as President-for-Life, the US Constitution was suspended. Jaimie Branch, who had passed in 2022, was one of many musicians, film makers, writers and visual artists whose work, no longer protected by the First Amendment, was declared Un-American and its ...


Article: Album Review

Samir Bohringer Quartet: Meta Zero

Read "Meta Zero" reviewed by Chris May

The Ezz-thetics label's sleeve-design grid and its orange and black colourway is as recognisable a piece of branding as were Reid Miles' sleeves for Blue Note in the 1950s and 1960s (or indeed Impulse!'s orange and black LP spines a little later). It is also a similarly copper-bottomed guarantee of quality. Ezz-thetics does not, of course, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Caroline Davis, Hery Paz & Niescier/Reid/Harris

Read "Caroline Davis, Hery Paz & Niescier/Reid/Harris" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Highlights: Captivity, the new recording by saxophonist Caroline Davis is a pointedly social justice album focused on creating reflection, interrogation and amplification of the essential conversation around incarceration, the prison industrial complex & abolition. It's a very powerful project. Another excellent alto player, Germany's Angelika Niescier hooked up with premier cellist Tomeka Reid and drummer Savannah ...


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