Charles Brackeen

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Charles Brackeen
Born (1940-03-13) March 13, 1940 (age 79)
LabelsStrata-East, Silkheart

Charles Brackeen (born March 13, 1940 in Oklahoma[1]) is a jazz saxophonist who primarily plays tenor saxophone, but also plays soprano saxophone. He was married to pianist Joanne Brackeen; they have since divorced, and they have four children.[1]

Brackeen originally studied violin and piano before switching to saxophone. He played in a recording with members of the Ornette Coleman Quartet in 1968 and on Jazz Composer's Orchestra recordings by Don Cherry (1973), Leroy Jenkins (1975), and Paul Motian for ECM (1978 & 1979). He recorded again as a leader in 1987, when he recorded three albums for Silkheart Records. He also has a quartet which produced Worshippers Come Nigh, among other works, in 1995.


As Leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

with Ahmed Abdullah
with Don Cherry
with Dennis González
with Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society
  • Eye On You (About Time, 1980)
  • Nasty (Moers Music, 1981)
with Paul Motian


  1. ^ a b arwulf, arwulf [sic]. "Charles Brackeen". Allmusic. Retrieved January 3, 2011.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)