Braden's 14th CD, released July 2008, his fourth on HighNote Records: Gentle Storm - featuring George Colligan (piano), Joris Teepe (bass) and Cecil Brooks III (drums). This outstanding CD, which reached #4 in the JazzWeek national jazz radio chart, features swinging contemporary standards, modern treatments of classic standards, luscious ballads, plus an array of burning original material.

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HighNote Records: Workin' (Live at Cecil's) - The Don Braden Organic Trio (Don Braden - tenor sax, Kyle Koehler - Hammond Organ, Cecil Brooks III - drums), recorded LIVE at Cecil's Jazz Club in June 2005, featuring swinging contemporary standards like Earth Wind and Fire's "You Can't Hide Love" and Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love", two luscious ballads, plus an array of burning original material! Released March 14, 2006.

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The New Hang (HighNote 7117) features Braden's burning Organic Quartet, with Kyle Koehler on organ, Conrad Herwig on trombone and long-time comrade Cecil Brooks III on drums. Produced by Cecil and featuring music developed at his new jazz club in West Orange NJ, Cecil's.

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A hot CD by an exciting band: Don Braden Presents the Contemporary Standards Ensemble on Double-Time Jazz (DTRCD-177). It features Don on tenor, Terell Stafford on trumpet/flugelhorn, Vincent Herring on alto saxophone, George Colligan on piano, Richie Goods on bass, and Ralph Peterson, Jr. on drums.

[Contemporary art courtesy of The Newark Museum. Album photo by Liz Braden.]

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Braden's second CD for RCA Victor, The Fire Within, released in March 1999.  Produced by alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett.
Features three monster rhythm sections:
1) Darrell Grant on piano, Dwayne Burno on bass, Cecil Brooks III on drums.
2) Julian Joseph on piano, Orlando LaFleming on bass and Mark Mondesir on drums.
3) Christian McBride on bass and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums.
Gavin Jazz #6!
Braden's first CD for RCA Victor, The Voice of the Saxophone (RCA Victor 09026 68797-2) presents the music of legendary Jazz saxophonists (Benny Golson, John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Sam Rivers, and others), produced and arranged by Braden for jazz octet.  Features Don Braden on tenor sax and flute, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Vincent Herring on alto sax and flute, Hamiet Bluiett on bari sax and contra bass clarinet, Darrell Grant and George Colligan on piano, Dwayne Burno on bass, and Cecil Brooks III on drums, and special guest star Bill Cosby on percussion.  Gavin Jazz #4!

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Don's previous CD (released September, 1996)on the Double-Time Jazz label is The Open Road (DTRCD-114). It features trumpeter Tim Hagans, pianist Kenny Werner, bassist Larry Grenadier, and the g reat drummer Billy Hart.

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Organic, Epicure BK-66873 (the Sony/Epic jazz imprint); released August 1995. The musicians are: Don Braden - Tenor Saxophone, "Captain" Jack McDuff and Larry Goldings - Hammond Organ, Russell Malone - Guitar, Winard Harper and Cecil Brooks III - Drums, Leon Parker - Percussion, David "Fathead" Newman - Tenor Saxophone, Tom Harrell - Trumpet/Flugelhorn. Gavin Jazz #2!
Landing Zone, Landmark LCD-1539-2; released January 1995; featuring Cecil Brooks III, Joris Teepe, Kevin Hays. Gavin Jazz #13.
After Dark, Criss Cross 1081; released April 1994; featuring: Scott Wendholt, Steve Wilson, Noah Bless, Darrell Grant, Christian McBride, Carl Allen.
Wish List, Criss Cross 1069; released May 1993; featuring: Tom Harrell, Steve Turre, Benny Green, Chris McBride, Carl Allen.
The Time Is Now, Criss Cross 1051; Don Braden's debut CD, released October 1991; featuring: Tom Harrell, Benny Green, Chris McBride, Carl Allen.
Joris Teepe/Don Braden, Pay As You Earn, Mons CD 2004; released April 1995; featuring: Tom Harrell, Cyrus Chestnut, Carl Allen.
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Braden's HghNote debut, Brighter Days features his strong tenor in the classic jazz quartet format, and includes standards and originals.  Features Xavier Davis on piano, Dwayne Burno on bass, and Cecil Brooks III on drums.

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Braden's 15th CD, on Premium Music Solutions, The Strayhorn Project, co-led by rising star trumpeter Mark Rapp, features fresh new arrangements of the music of the legendary composer/arranger Billy Strayhorn.  Featuring Don Braden on tenor sax, flute and alto flute, Mark Rapp on trumpet and flugelhorn, Sachal Vasandani on vocals, Gerald Clayton (son of master bassist/composer John Clayton) on piano, Rene Hart on bass and Greg Gonzales on drums, it reached #4 in the JazzWeek national jazz radio chart, and remained on the chart for over four months.  See for more info.

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Hear Don Braden revisit his Jazz/Funk roots on this hot live CD, Big Fun(k) Live, co-led with super grooving drummer Karl Latham, and featuring Nick Rolfe on keyboards and Gary Foote (of Blood, Sweat and Tears) on bass.  This CD now available on CD Baby, iTunes, and others.  Check it out!

Don Braden teams up with Canadian powerhouse vocalist Julie Michels in this latest new CD, entitled Come Together.  Featuring some of Canada's finest Jazz players: David Restivo on piano, Kieran Overs on bass and Daniel Barnes on drums, the band explores a lively combination of original music, classic standards and Jazz-influenced pop tunes.  Don plays tenor and soprano saxes, flute and alto flute.  Available on,, and more!

Don Braden - Earth Wind and Wonder
Swinging jazz arrangments of songs by Earth, Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder.

Featuring Don on tenor sax, flute and alto flute
Brandon McCune, Art Hirahara - piano
Joris Teepe, Kenny Davis - bass
Cecil Brooks III, Jeremy Warren - drums
Kahlil Kwame Bell - percussion
Don Braden joins longtime colleague, vocalist Vanessa Rubin in this recent CD, Full Circle, which is inspired by classic sax and vocal collaborations such as Houston Person and Etta Jones.  Featuring Don's current working "Organix" Ensemble, Kyle Koehler on Hammond organ, Dave Stryker on guitar and Cecil Brooks III on drums, plus Kahlil Kwame Bell on percussion, the band explores a swinging group of tunes including original music and classic standards.  Don plays tenor sax, flute and alto flute.  Available now on,, and more!
Don Braden - Luminosity
Bright, soulful, grooving music intended to inspire strong, positive energy.

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Featuring Don on tenor sax, flute and alto flute
Dave Stryker - guitar
Kyle Koehler - Hammond organ
Cecil Brooks III - drums
plus Special Guests: Claudio Roditi on trumpet and Sherman Irby on alto sax

Copyright © 1996-2020 by Don Braden
Joris Teepe and Don Braden
Creative, grooving performances of jazz classics and originals, featuring uniquely interactive improvisation.

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Featuring Joris on bass, and Don on tenor sax and flute
Gene Jackson on drums
Matt Wilson on drums
Previous CDs
June 17: European CD Release

Don Braden/Joris Teepe - In the Spirit of Herbie Hancock, on OAP Records, recorded live in the Netherlands, a collection of unique arrangements of songs composed by or in tribute to the incredible Herbie Hancock.

Don Braden - tenor sax, flute, alto flute
Joris Teepe - bass
Ron Van Bavel - piano
Owen Hart, Jr. - drums

U.S. CD Release Annoucement
November 20, 5:30pm: Don Braden CD Release & Birthday Online Celebration! Streaming from the Gail Boyd Artist Management website.