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Don Braden Quartet
October 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Don Braden is a musician of the highest caliber. Having spent years as the saxophonist with greats like Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard and Roy Haynes, he has developed an extensive knowledge of every aspect of Jazz performance. He is an imaginative, technically excellent, soulful saxophonist, and his harmonic and rhythmic sophistication give him a unique approach to improvising as well as composing and arranging. Most important of all: he has a beautiful sound, and he swings! All this combines with his joyous yet disciplined personality to make him one of the most important young musicians working today.
Braden is a passionate and highly experienced educator. He recently completed a three year interim appointment as Guest Conductor of the Harvard Monday Jazz Band (in which he played as a Harvard undergraduate). He also worked for two years as Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Montclair State University. For over 17 years he has served as Music Director of the renowned Litchfield Jazz Camp, and for 15 years was the Music Director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens program. He is also a visiting professor in the “New York Comes to Groningen” program at the Prins Claus Conservatoire, in Groningen, Netherlands