Rick Braun

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Rick Braun
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Rick Braun performing in 2005
Background information
Born (1955-07-06) July 6, 1955 (age 59)
Allentown, Pennsylvania
United States
Genres Smooth jazz, jazz-fusion, contemporary jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet
Associated acts BWB, Artistry Music, Philippe Saisse, Auracle
Website rickbraun.com

Rick Braun (born July 6, 1955 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is a smooth jazz trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist.[1]

Braun attended the Eastman School of Music,[when?] and while a student there became a member of a jazz-fusion band, Auracle. Before embarking on a solo career, Braun got his start by playing in several bands, working as a session musician. Some of the artists with whom he recorded include guitarist Jeff Golub's Avenue Blue. He also collaborated with saxophonist Boney James on a remake of the Hugh Masekela's "Grazing in the Grass."

Braun also performs in the band BWB, with saxophonist Kirk Whalum and guitarist Norman Brown. In 2005, he and saxophonist Richard Elliot co-founded ARTizen Music Group (now known as Artistry Music). One of his influences was Freddie Hubbard, and Braun composed a song, "Freddie Was Here" in 2008, which he recorded on his album, All it Takes, in tribute to Hubbard, who died that year.[2]



Titles Year Label
"Intimate Secrets" 1992/1993 Mesa/Bluemoon
"Night Walk" 1994 Mesa/Bluemoon
"Christmas Present: Music of Warmth & Celebration" 1994 Atlantic/Wea
"Beat Street" 1995 Mesa/Bluemoon
"Body and Soul" 1997 Mesa/Bluemoon
"Full Stride" 1998 Mesa/Bluemoon
"Best of Rick Braun" 1999 Atlantic
"Shake It Up" 2000 Warner Bros.
"Kisses in the Rain" 2001 Warner Bros.
"Esperanto" 2003 Warner Bros.
"Sessions: Volume 1" 2004→2006 Artizen
" Yours Truly" 2005 Artizen
"R n R" (with Richard Elliot) 2007 Artizen
"Peter White Christmas with Mindi Abair and Rick Braun" (Peter White / Mindi Abair / Rick Braun) 2007 Artizen
"All It Takes" 2009 Artistry Music
"Rick Braun sings with strings" 2011 Artistry Music
"Can You Feel It" 2014 Artistry Music


Titles Year Label
"Groovin'" 2002 Warner Bros. Records
"Human Nature'" 2013 Heads Up International

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • New Age Music & New Sounds Vol. 67 – "Liberty"

Songs co-written[edit]


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Rick Braun Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ Soergel, Brian (October 2009). "Rick Braun All It Takes". JazzTimes. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 

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