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Braxton Cook (born March 27, 1991 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an Emmy Award Winning Artist and one of this generation’s most exciting emerging voices in the Jazz world. Not only does he exhibit world-class virtuosity on the alto saxophone but he is also a uniquely talented vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer whose sound blends Jazz, Soul, and Alternative R&B into a fresh new sound all his own.
In 2014, while still a student, Braxton released his debut EP Sketch (2014). The following year in 2015, Braxton graduated from The Juilliard School and continued his musical development with the release of his sophomore project Braxton Cook Meets Butcher Brown (2015), launching his solo career and bringing him to festivals and venues across the country. In April of 2017, Braxton released his debut album Somewhere In Between, which allowed Braxton to tour both nationally and internationally to the U.K as well as Japan. In less than a year, Somewhere in Between as well as the Somewhere in Between Remixes & Outtakes albums have amassed millions of streams and downloads on Spotify and Apple Music and has been praised by peers, musicians and critics alike. Saint Heron noted Cook’s demonstration of “unmatched flexibility by merging multiple genres into an ardent, passionate and soul-filled project.”
In 2017, Fader Magazine named Braxton a “Jazz Marvel” and “Jazz Prodigy.” And shortly after, Braxton was listed as Top Five Jazz Artist To Watch (alongside Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Butcher Brown, and Kris Bowers) in the 2018 June Issue of Ebony Magazine.Outside of the Jazz sphere, Braxton has worked alongside Rihanna at the 2016 VMAs and Solange Knowles; contracting the horn players involved in her live shows at the Guggenheim, Radio City Music Hall, Afro Punk Festival, Panorama Festival, and Made in America Festival. Most recently, Braxton was featured on Phony Ppl’s recent album Mosaic and performed with them for their NPR Tiny Desk performance. In addition, Braxton was featured on Tom Misch’s 2018 U.S. Domestic Tour which started with 2 performances at Coachella and culminated with a very special Tiny Desk performance.
In Spring of 2020, Braxton released a project called Fire Sign (Independent) which had amassed over 1M steams in the first couple of weeks of its release. This record grabbed the attention of many national press outlets including NPR. Braxton then created his very own NPR Tiny Desk at home performance which featured music from his entire catalogue. Now relocated in Los Angeles, Braxton is very excited to continue expanding his musical concept, compositional and production skills as well as growing his community.