David Braid

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David Braid
Braid wearing a cap and sitting at piano playing
Braid in concert, 2008
Background information
Born (1975-03-25) 25 March 1975 (age 41)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano
Years active 2001–present
Website davidbraid.com

David Braid (born 25 March 1975 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian jazz pianist and composer.[1]


Canadian composer and pianist, David Braid, is considered one of his country's true renaissance men when it comes to music.[2]

After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Toronto in 1998, Steinway Artist David Braid[3] devoted himself to jazz.[4] He formed the "David Braid Sextet" the following year.[5] His second album, Vivid: The David Braid Sextet Live won the Juno Award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2005.[6] His albums Mnemosyne's March, Zhen: The David Braid Sextet Live, Brubeck Braid, Spirit Dance, and Flow [7] have also been nominated for Juno Awards.

Although Braid developed a reputation as one of the country's most celebrated jazz players, he began moving in a different direction with a solo piano album of original compositions called, "Verge."[8] Braid's 2011 solo "turning point" album, Verge, also won a Juno award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year.[9]

In 2014, Braid became a Special Associate Artist of Sinfonia UK Collective[10] In summer 2015 he toured with the group in the UK and Canada as part of a project funded by Arts Council England / National Lottery and University of Hull. Braid's approach to work with Sinfonia UK Collective was the focus of a paper on democratic authorship that was presented at the Reflective Conservatoire Conference in February 2015 (Guildhall School of Music and Drama). In that paper, Dr Lee Tsang of University of Hull offered models of democratic authorship and used Braid's work as an example of one of a number of approaches that the Sinfonia UK Collective (formerly Hull Sinfonietta) has undertaken since 2004.

In addition to his collaboration with Sinfonia UK Collective, Braid moved further afield from his jazz roots[11] with his 2016 release "FLOW: David Braid + Epoque String Quartet" on the Steinway & Sons record label.[12] David Braid is also the recipient of the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry (2016)[13]


As leader/co-leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Mike Murley

  • Still Rollin (2010)

With Kelly Jefferson

  • Spark (2005)
  • Next Exit (2010)

With Mark McLean

  • Playground (2010)

Film scores[edit]

  • Dream Recording (2003)
  • Photographic Fate (2004)
  • China Gate (2011)
  • Born to Be Blue (2015)


  1. ^ Turnevicius, Leonard (2008-08-21). "A relaxed Braid's off to Brazil". Hamilton Spectator. Metroland Media Group. Archived from the original on 2010-03-18. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Hum, Peter (2015-03-11). "Five Questions for David Braid". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.steinway.com/artists/david-braid
  4. ^ "David Braid". University of Toronto, Faculty of Music. University of Toronto. Archived from the original on 2010-03-18. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Infantry, Ashante (2007-02-20). "The architecture of jazz". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2010-03-18. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Artist Summary". Juno Awards Database. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2010-03-18. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  7. ^ http://junoawards.ca/nomination/2011-instrumental-album-of-the-year-david-braid-canadian-brass/
  8. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/radio_template_2012/blog/2011/10/14/david-braid-on-q
  9. ^ https://www.utoronto.ca/news/jazz-lecturer-wins-second-juno-award
  10. ^ http://www.sinfonia-uk-collective.org/
  11. ^ Cam, Fuller (2016-04-16). "Braid's New World: Leaving Jazz For Something Else". Saskatoon Star Phoenix. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  12. ^ http://www.naxos.com/naxos/countries/canada/
  13. ^ "Ontario Arts Foundation / Fondation des Arts l'Ontario". ontarioartsfoundation.on.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-02. 

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