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 44)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsPiano
Years active2001–present
Websitedavidbraid.com
David Braid in Aarhus, Denmark (2017)

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

Biography[edit]

Canadian composer and jazz pianist, David Braid, is "considered one of his country's true renaissance men when it comes to music." (The Ottawa Citizen)[2]

After graduating from the University of Toronto in 1998, Steinway Artist David Braid[3] focused his career performing original music.[4] He formed the "David Braid Sextet" in 1999 with John MacLeod on trumpet; Mike Murley on saxophone; Gene Smith on trombone, Steve Wallace on bass, and Terry Clarke on drums.[5] This band made three albums, with the second one, "Vivid: The David Braid Sextet Live" winning 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 Vol II, Brubeck Braid, Spirit Dance, Flow, have also been nominated for Juno Awards. In 2017, Braid won two Screen Awards, "Best Original Score" and "Best Original Song" for his work on the flm, Born to Be Blue.[7] In 2018, his album "The North" won a Juno Award for Best Jazz Album (Group). His first classical work, Corona Divinae Misericordiae, was nominated for a 2019 Juno Award for Best Classical Album (Choral or Vocal.)

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 piano album, Verge, also won a Juno award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year.

In 2014, Braid became a Special Associate Artist of Sinfonia UK Collective[9] 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[10] with his 2016 release "FLOW: David Braid + Epoque String Quartet" on the Steinway & Sons record label.[11] David Braid is also the recipient of the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry (2016)[12]

Discography[edit]

As leader/co-leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Personnel/Notes
2001 The David Braid Sextet Sextet, with John MacLeod (flugelhorn, cornet), Mike Murley (tenor sax, soprano sax), Gene Smith (trombone), Steve Wallace (bass), Terry Clarke (drums)
2003 Vivid: The David Braid Sextet Live Sextet, with John MacLeod (flugelhorn, cornet), Mike Murley (tenor sax, soprano sax), Gene Smith (trombone), Steve Wallace (bass), Terry Clarke (drums); in concert
2004 Beginnings: Nimmons'n'Braid Duo, with Phil Nimmons (clarinet); in concert
2005 Mnemosyne's March Cornerstone Quartet, with Mike Murley (tenor sax, soprano sax), Jim Vivian (bass), Ian Froman (drums); in concert
2005 Zhen: The David Braid Sextet Live, Vol. II David Braid Sextet, with John MacLeod (flugelhorn, cornet), Mike Murley (tenor sax, soprano sax), Gene Smith (trombone), Steve Wallace (bass), Terry Clarke (drums); in concert
2006 DMBQ Live Quintet, with Mike Murley (sax), Tara Davidson (sax), Jim Vivian (bass), Ian Froman (drums); in concert
2007? Twotet/Deuxtet Brubeck/Braid Duo, with Matt Brubeck (cello)
2010? Spirit Dance Opening Day With Canadian Brass
2011? Verge David Braid Solo piano
2010–11 Suite St.John's Falling Through Some tracks solo piano; some tracks duo, with Phil Nimmons (clarinet); in concert
2016? Flow: David Braid + Epoque String Quartet Steinway & Sons With the Epoque String Quartet
2016 The North Addo Quartet, with Mike Murley (sax), Johnny Åman (bass), Anders Mogensen (drums)
2018 Corona Divinae Misericordiae K52 Music An Oratorio for Soprano, Choir and Chamber Orchestra
2019 The North Plays Kenny Wheeler Believe Digital Quintet with Percy Pursglove, trumpet; Mike Murley, saxophone, David Braid, piano; Johnny Aman, bass, and Anders Mogensen, drums
2019 Sunday Drive: Hideaki Tokunaga - David Braid K52 Music with Hideaki Tokunaga, guitar; David Braid, piano; Putter Smith, bass; Albert Heath, drums

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]

References[edit]

  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://www.jazz.fm/index.php/news-a-events-mainmenu/15415-david-braid-picks-up-2-awards-at-canadian-screen-awards-
  8. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/radio_template_2012/blog/2011/10/14/david-braid-on-q
  9. ^ http://www.sinfonia-uk-collective.org/
  10. ^ Cam, Fuller (2016-04-16). "Braid's New World: Leaving Jazz For Something Else". Saskatoon Star Phoenix. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  11. ^ http://www.naxos.com/naxos/countries/canada/
  12. ^ "Ontario Arts Foundation / Fondation des Arts l'Ontario". ontarioartsfoundation.on.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-02.

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