Brandee Younger

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Brandee Younger
Brandee Younger.jpg
Younger at the Harlem Arts Festival in 2013
Background information
Origin Hempstead, NY, US
Genres Jazz, classical, pop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Harp
Years active 2006 - present
Associated acts Ravi Coltrane, Niia Bertino, Bill Lee, Postmodern Jukebox

Brandee Younger (born in Hempstead, New York) is an American harpist.


Known as a hybrid harpist, Brandee is classically trained and active in jazz and popular music. She is noted for her work with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and is heavily inspired by the works of Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby. She has worked with Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Bill Lee, Pharoah Sanders and Reggie Workman and has appeared on recordings with popular artists including Lauryn Hill, John Legend, Common (Finding Forever), Ryan Leslie, Drake and is featured on the Grammy Award – nominated album New York: A Love Story by Mack Wilds.

Brandee grew up in Hempstead, NY and Uniondale, NY, earned her undergraduate degrees in Harp Performance and Music Management at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford and earned her graduate degree in Music Performance and Composition at the Steinhardt School of New York University.

She is on the harp faculty at Adelphi University, The University of Hartford Hartt School Community Division and the Greenwich House Music School.

Current Features[edit]

Brandee is among the musicians included in book "The New Face of Jazz"[1] by author, Cicily Janus, "Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz", by Chris Becker and was also featured in the Impulse Artist Series' "Alter Ego Series"[2] in November 2010, a young artist series created by classical pianist Jade Simmons.


Brandee is the cousin of Urban farmer and MacArthur Fellow, Will Allen. She is also the cousin of Jordan Younger, cornerback of the Toronto Argonauts.


As a Leader[edit]

  • 2016: Wax & Wane, Independent/ Revive Music
  • 2015: Supreme Sonacy, Blue Note Records / Revive Music
  • 2014: The Brandee Younger 4tet, Live at the Breeding Ground, Independent
  • 2011: Prelude, independent

As sideman/contributor[edit]


  1. ^ "Source 1"
  2. ^ "Source 2 Archived November 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine."

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