Don Braden

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Don Braden
Don Braden Dec 2011.jpg
Don Braden and the Big Funk Band playing in Morristown, New Jersey on December 31, 2011.
Background information
Born (1963-11-20) November 20, 1963 (age 52)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Origin New York City, New York
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Tenor saxophone, flute
Years active 1984-present

Don Braden (born November 20, 1963) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist.

Braden was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He began playing tenor sax at age 13 and started playing professionally at 15. As a high schooler he played in the McDonald's All-American High School Jazz Band. He attended Harvard University from 1981 to 1984 and studied engineering there, but also played in the school's jazz ensemble. He moved to New York City in 1984, where he played with The Harper Brothers, Lonnie Smith, and Betty Carter. In 1986-87 he toured with Wynton Marsalis, and following this played with Out of the Blue, Roy Haynes, Tony Williams, Freddie Hubbard, J.J. Johnson, Tom Harrell, Art Farmer, and the Mingus Big Band.


As leader[edit]

  • The Time Is Now (Criss Cross Jazz, 1991)
  • Wish List (Criss Cross, 1991)
  • After Dark (Criss Cross, 1993)
  • Landing Zone (Landmark Records, 1994)
  • Organic (Columbia Records, 1995)
  • The Open Road (Double-Time Records, 1996)
  • The Voice of the Saxophone (RCA Records, 1997)
  • Fire Within (RCA, 1999)
  • Contemporary Standards Ensemble (Double-Time, 2000)
  • Brighter Days (HighNote Records, 2001)
  • The New Hang (HighNote, 2004)
  • Workin' (HighNote, 2006)
  • Gentle Storm (HighNote, 2008)
  • The Strayhorn Project (w Mark Rapp) (Premium Music Solutions, 2009)
  • Big Fun(k) Live (w/Karl Latham) (Creative Perspective, 2011)
  • Come Together (w/Julie Michels) (Creative Perspective/JHP, 2012)
  • Full Circle (w/Vanessa Rubin) (Creative Perspective, 2013)

As sideman[edit]

With Freddie Hubbard

With Roseanna Vitro


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