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 March 1, 2017

2017

European Tour with the Conversations Trio ( Joris Teepe on bass, Gene Jackson on drums, Don on tenor sax and flute.)
March 11, 7:30pm: Jazz Club Pod Filaramy, Gorzov Wilkipansky, Poland
March 12, 6:30pm: Jazz Club Winnicaturnau, Baniewice, Poland
March 14, 7:30pm: House Concert, Oosterdorperweg 206, Wassenar, Netherlands
March 15, 8pm: Vredeskerkje Bergen, Netherlands
March 16, 9pm: Jazz Club, Mahogany Hall, Eddam, Netherlands
March 17-20: The Half Note, Athens, Greece, with the Trio of Liberty featring Joris Teepe on bass, Gene Jackson on drums, Don on tenor sax and flute.

Egyptian Mini-Tour at the "New Tales" Jazz Festival with the Braden-Michels Project
March 21/22: American University in Cairo, New Cairo Campus, Gerhart Theater -- Workshop
March 24, 8pm: American University in Cairo, Tahrir Square Campus, Ewart Theater -- Concert
March 25, 7pm: Bibliotheca Alexandrina Conference Center, Great Hall/Small Theater -- Concert

March 27-31: Faculty Assignment, Prins Claus Conservatiore, Groningen, Netherlands.

April 4, 7pm: Universtiy of Louisville School of Music, Comstock Hall, Don featured with The U of L Jazz Ensemble I

April 8: Tongyeong International Music Festival, Tongyenog, Korea, with Diane Schuur

April 30: Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ, with the Don Braden Ensemble, performing music from the Earth, Wind and Wonder repertoire.

May 12: Santa Monica College, Don festured with the Santa Monica College Jazz Ensemble

May 26/27: Coral Gables, FL with Diane Schuur

June 4: Estes Park Jazz Festival, Estes Park, CO, with Vanessa Rubin

June 27-30: Don is proud to be the 2nd Annual Music Director of the Texas Jazz and Blues Camp

July 9 - August 6: 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.

October 6: Erie, PA, with Vanessa Rubin


2018

May 21: Dizzy Club Coca Cola, with the Don Braden Group

Don Braden Performing Ensembles:
- Don Braden Quartet: Brandon McCune - piano, Joris Teepe - bass, Cecil Brooks III - 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, Nick Rolfe - keyboards, Gary Foote/Chulo Gatewood/Mark Peterson - 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.)