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Branch was raised in Red Hook, Brooklyn and started playing trumpet at age nine. At 14, she moved to Wilmette, a suburb of Chicago, before attending the New England Conservatory of Music (graduating in 2005). Later she moved back to Chicago, working as a musician, organizer and sound engineer on the local music scene, including with Jason Ajemian (on The Art of Dying, 2006), Keefe Jackson's Project Project (on Just Like This, 2007), and Tim Daisy' s New Fracture Quartet (on 1000 Lights, 2008), Anton Hatwich and Ken Vandermark. She has performed in Chicago and New York with her trio Princess, Princess, with bassist Toby Summerfield and drummer Frank Rosaly, and in trios with Tim Daisy and Daniel Levin, Matt Schneider and Jason Adasiewicz, and with Chris Velkommen/Sam Weinberg. Together with Jason Stein, Jeb Bishop and Jason Roebke, she founded the band Block and Tackle. To jazz she has contributed on five albums between 2006 and 2008.
In 2012 Branch moved to Baltimore, where she earned a master's degree in Jazz performance from Towson University. At this time she also founded the record label Pionic Records, where she releases the music of her group Bomb Shelter. In New York she has worked with Brandon Lopez, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Mike Stolthet among others. In addition, she performed on albums with the independent rock groups Never Enough Hope, Local H and Atlas Math. Currently, she works in a quartet with Chad Taylor (drums), Jason Ajemian (bass) and Tomeka Reid (cello), as well as with Brandon Lopez, Mike Pride, Shayna Dulberger and Weasel Walter, and with Yoni Kretzmer and Tobey Cederberg. She names Don Cherry, Axel Dörner, Booker Lite and Miles Davis among her musical influences. In 2017 she released her debut solo album, Fly or Die, with Tomeka Reid, Jason Ajemian, Chad Taylor, Matt Schneider (guitar), Ben LaMar Gay, and Josh Berman (cornet).
Discography (in selection)
- Keefe Jacksons Project, with Dave Rempis, Guillermo Gregorio, Anton Hatwich, Jason Stein, James Falzone, Frank Rosaly, Josh Berman, Jeb Bishop, Nick Broste, and Marc Unternährer
- 2007:Just Like This (Delmark Records)
- New Fracture Quartet, with Nate McBride, Tim Daisy, and Dave Miller
- 2008: 1,000 Lights (Multikulti Project)
- Predella Group, with Nate McBride, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tim Daisy, Jeff Parker, Ken Vandermark, and Jeb Bishop
- 2010: Strade D ' Acqua / Roads of Water (Multikulti Project)
- Bullet Hell, with Jakob Kart and Theodore Representerer
- 2013: Smart Bombs (Pionic Records)
- 2018: Kudu (International Anthem)
- Anteloper, with Jason Nazary
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- Event note 2008
- Jazz Times - Volume 38, Issues 6-10, 2008
- Tom Herren Jazz Discography (online, Retrieved 18 Juli 2016)
- Cast: Jarrett Gilgore (Alto Saxophone), Alan Munshower (Drums), Kevin Davis (Cello), Chris Pumphrey (Fender-Rhodes), Toby Summerfield (Bass)
- Short profile of Experimental sound studio Archived 2016-07-19 at the Wayback Machine.
- Event notice on the site of Tomeka Reid
- Intervju i Jazz Akkurat Nå (2016)