Renowned saxophonist and educator Don Braden comes to Nashville Friday, May 29 for an 8pm show at the Nashville Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Cave. The concert was arranged and spearheaded by area saxophonist and educator Cord Martin, who will appear with Braden.

In a career spanning more than  30 years, Don Braden has recorded 19 CDs as a leader and over 80 as a sideman. He has toured the world leading his own ensembles on saxophone and flute,  and has appeared as a sideman with Jazz greats Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, and many others.  

He has composed music for ensembles ranging from duo to full symphonic orchestra, in many styles, for recordings, film, and television.  

Braden is also a noted educator, having spent over two decades giving master classes and leading educational programs at countless schools, universities, and educational programs such as the Litchfield Jazz Camp, NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens, and the Harvard University Monday Jazz Band.  

Don Braden’s most recent CDs, are Full Circle, was recorded with longtime colleague, vocalist Vanessa Rubin, and Earth, Wind, and Wonder (Music of Earth, Wind, and Fire and Stevie Wonder), with Dave Stryker (guitar), Kyle Koehler (Hammond organ), and Cecil Brooks III (drums). His next CD, Lumosity, is due for release this Spring.

Joining Don Braden and Cord Martin for the May 29 performance will be Hamilton Hardin (piano), John Birdsong (bass), and Marcus Finnie (drums). For more information and a video sample, visit the Jazz Workshop website. Tickets are $25, $15 for high school and college students with I.D., available online from Brown Paper Tickets.


photo: John Abbott