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.
*** January 20: Dorthaan's Place, NJPAC, Newark, NJ with the Don Braden Organix Group with Special Guest vocalist Vanessa Rubin. Featuring Kyle Koehler (Hammond Organ), Ron Jackson (guitar), Cecil Brooks III (drums), and Don on tenor sax, flute and alto flute. Celebrating the release of their new CD, Vanessa Rubin/Don Braden - Full Circle.
July 7 - August 11: Don Braden is proud to be Music Director of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, which is available for attendance any or all weeks in this 5 week time frame. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860)361-6285 for more info.
July 11: The Litchfield Jazz Festival, Goshen, CT, with the Don Braden Quartet. featuring Geri Allen - piano, TBA - bass, and Alvin Atkinson - drums
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, Cecil Brooks III - drums
Big Fun(k): Karl Latham - drums, Nick Rolfe - keyboards, Gary Foote - bass
Don Braden / Vanessa Rubin Group: Vanessa Rubin - vocals, Kyle Koehler - Hammond Organ, Dave Stryker - guitar, Cecil Brooks III - drums
Contemporary Standards Ensemble (various musicians on trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums)