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.
Upcoming Performance Schedule
As of January 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 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.
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 theLitchfield Jazz Camp, which is available for attendance any or all weeks in this 4 week time frame. E-mail email@example.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
- 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.)