Don Braden has performed as a leader or as a sideman in a vast array of venues. Concert halls include Carnegie Hall (Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, McDonald's All American High School Band), Lincoln Center (Illinios Jacqueet Big Band, 1993 Battle Royale, Mos Def), Symphoy Hall in Boston (Wynton Marsalis) among many, many others. Club appearances include countless performances in New York's Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Sweet Basil (Sweet Rhythm), Birdland, and many others in the Americas, Europe, Japan, Russia and Australia. Braden has also been a featured artist at many universities, such as Harvard, Duke, University of Southern Florida, University of Louisville, Princeton, North Netherlands Conservatoire, William Paterson University, Cuyahoga Community College, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Wellesley College and many others. Television appearances include Saturday Night Live, David Brenner, Joan Rivers (all with Wynton Marsalis), and several others.
Gigs


Upcoming Performance Schedule
As of January 2019

2019

January 12, 3pm: Jazz on the Mountain with the Don Braden Quartet presenting Earth Wind and Wonder. With Art Hirahara (piano), Kenny Davis (bass), Jeremy Warren (drums) and Dave Stryker (guitar). Also performing in the Farewell Jam on January 14, 10:30

January 24-27: The NAMM Show, Annaheim, CA, appearing daily at the JodyJazz booth, and performing in the JAZZ JAM on Friday evening, Jan 25, 7-11pm.

January 28: Birdland Jazz Club, NYC, with vocalist Nicole Zuraitis

January 30: The Zinc Bar, NYC, with the Eddie Allen "Aggregation" Big Band

February 10: Smoke Jazz and Supper Club, NYC with vocalist Alexis Cole

February 12, 7:30pm: City Sports Grille At Spare Time Northampton, Northampton, MA. Don featured with Paul Arslanian on piano, George Kaye on bass and Steve Johns on drums.

February 16, 8pm: The Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, CA. Featuring Don presenting Earth Wind and Wonder with a powerhouse L.A. rhythm section of Billy Childs on piano, Ben Shepherd on bass and Cecill Brooks III on drums.

February 17: Smoke Jazz and Supper Club, NYC with vocalist Alexis Cole

February 24: Smoke Jazz and Supper Club, NYC with vocalist Alexis Cole

February 27: The Zinc Bar, NYC, with the Eddie Allen "Aggregation" Big Band

March 1: Chris' Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia, PA, Don featured with the Webb Thomas Trio

March 7: Kultur-Stadl, Vilgertshofen-Stadl, Germany, Don with the Tine Schneider Trio with Sebastian Nay

March 9: Kuenstlerwerkstatt Pfaffenhofen, Pfaffenhofen, Germany, Don with the Tine Schneider Trio with Sebastian Nay

March 11-15: Faculty Assignment, Prins Claus Conservatiore, Groningen, Netherlands.

March 23: Shanghai Jazz, with the Don Braden Quartet presenting Earth Wind and Wonder, with Kenny Davis (bass), Jeremy Warren (drums) and TBA (piano)

March 24: Smoke Jazz and Supper Club, NYC with vocalist Alexis Cole

March 27: The Zinc Bar, NYC, with the Eddie Allen "Aggregation" Big Band

March 31: Smoke Jazz and Supper Club, NYC with vocalist Alexis Cole

April 7: New Jersey Jazz Society Pee Wee Stomp, featuring the Andy Farber Big Band and many others

April 27: Shanghai Jazz, with Big Fun(k), featuring Karl Latham

May 4: Jazz Vespers at Bethany Baptist Church (part of the TD Bank NJPAC James Moody Jazz Festival), with the Vanessa Rubin and Don Braden Group.

June 10-14: Don is proud to be the Music Director of the 4th Annual Texas Jazz and Blues Camp, featuring instruction by trombonist Andre Hayward, guitarist Murali Coryell, pianist Peggy Stern, and many others.

June 30 - July 26: Don Braden is proud to be Music Director of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, which is available for attendance any or all weeks in this 4 week time frame.  E-mail info@litchfieldjazzfest.com or call (860)361-6285 for more info.

September 27, 7pm: The Miller Theater, Allentown, PA, with the Don Braden Quartet presenting Earth Wind and Wonder

November 18-22: Faculty Assignment, Prins Claus Conservatiore, Groningen, Netherlands.
Don Braden Performing Ensembles:
- Don Braden Quartet: Brandon McCune/Art Hirahara - piano, Joris Teepe/Kenny Davis - bass, Jeremy Warren - drums
- Trio of Liberty: Joris Teepe - bass, Gene Jackson, Matt Willson, Jeff Watts, Louis Hayes, Winard Harper, or Steve Johns - drums
- Don Braden Organix Group: Kyle Koehler - Hammond Organ, Dave Stryker - guitar, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Don Braden Organix Group featuring Vanessa Rubin: Vanessa Rubin - vocals,  Kyle Koehler - Hammond Organ, Dave Stryker - guitar, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Big Fun(k): Karl Latham - drums, Oscar Perez - keyboards, Calvin Jones/Chulo Gatewood/Gary Foote - bass
- Braden Michels Project: Julie Michels - vocals, Dave Restivo - piano, Keiran Overs - bass, Daniel Barnes - drums
- Braden/Rapp Project: Mark Rapp - trumpet, Art Hirahara - piano, Joris Teepe - bass, Alvin Atkinson - drums
- Contemporary Standards Ensemble (various musicians on trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums)

Don Braden as a Special Guest -- With his extensive high-level Jazz experience, positive energy, excitement and musicality, Braden is an outstanding guest soloist for any kind of ensemble.  He's great with young people and pros alike.  He has over 15 big band charts at various levels available, as well as 4 pieces for full symphonic orchestra (with Jazz quartet.)