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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.  

Braxton grew up in Greenbelt, MD and after several moves up and down the east  coast his family settled in Silver Spring, Maryland. There, Braxton attended  Springbrook High School and studied saxophone under the tutelage of world-class  educator Paul Carr. After graduating from Springbrook High School (Silver Spring,  MD) in 2009, Braxton attended Georgetown University and studied English with a  concentration in African American Studies. In his free time, Braxton worked  regularly in the D.C. Jazz scene on the historic U Street strip of Jazz clubs. By age 18, Braxton had already made quite a name for himself in the D.C., by leading his  own band at Bohemian Caverns, HR-57, Twins Jazz and many other venues  throughout the D.C. area. 

In the Fall of 2011, Braxton decided to transfer from Georgetown to The Juilliard  School to continue his studies and pursue his music career full-time. As just a  freshman at The Juilliard School, Braxton met Grammy Award-nominated  trumpeter Christian Scott and became a long-term member in Christian’s band  honing his skills on the road. Braxton has been featured on several of Christian  Scott’s studio albums, some of which include Stretch Music (2015), Diaspora  (2017) and the Grammy-Award nominated album Emancipation Procrastination  (2017). He also toured and performed with Christian McBride Big Band, Jon  Batiste and Marquis Hill among others. During this time Braxton was also selected  as a semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone  Competition.  

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 2018, Braxton released his sophomore album entitled No Doubt (Independent) which debuted at #2 on iTunes Jazz Charts and amassed 6M streams on Spotify. Due to the albums success, he embarked on his first international headlining tour  in November of 2018, performing at Tourcoing Jazz Festival, So What’s Next Jazz  Festival and the legendary Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in London, U.K. The following  Spring of 2019, he performed for Quincy Jones at The Shed for Steve McQueen’s  Soundtrack of America. In Summer of 2019, Braxton performed at the North Sea  Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival as well.  

In Spring of 2020, Braxton released yet another 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.

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