Joanne Brackeen

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Joanne Brackeen
Birth name Joanne Grogan
Born (1938-07-26) July 26, 1938 (age 79)
Ventura, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, educator
Instruments Piano
Years active 1969–present

Joanne Brackeen (born Joanne Grogan, July 26, 1938) is an American jazz pianist and music educator.[1]

Music career[edit]

Brackeen was born in Ventura, California and attended the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. She was a fan of pop pianist Frankie Carle before she became enamored with the music of Charlie Parker. In the 1950s she performed with Dexter Gordon, Teddy Edwards, and Charles Brackeen. She and Brackeen married and moved to New York City in 1965. She performed with Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, and Ornette Coleman.[1]

She played with Joe Henderson (1972–75) and Stan Getz (1975-77) before leading her own trio and quartet. Brackeen established herself as a cutting edge pianist and composer through her appearances around the world, and her solo performances also cemented her reputation as one of the most innovative and dynamic of pianists. Her trios featured such noted players as Clint Houston, Eddie Gómez, John Patitucci, Jack DeJohnette, Cecil McBee, and Billy Hart.

She served on the grant panel for the National Endowment for the Arts, toured the Middle East with the US State Department as sponsor, and had solo performances at Carnegie Hall.

She has recorded over twenty albums as a lead musician and is a professor at the Berklee College of Music[2] and at The New School.[3]


As leader[edit]

As sideperson[edit]

With Arkadia Jazz All Stars

  • Thank You, Duke!

With Art Blakey

With Stan Getz

With Freddie McCoy

With Buddy Terry

With Freddie Hubbard


  1. ^ a b arwulf, arwulf. "Joanne Brackeen | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Berklee faculty profile Joanne Brackeen". Berklee faculty. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "The New School Jazz Core Faculty". The New School. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

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