BRAXTON COOK
ALTO SAXOPHONIST | SINGER-SONGWRITER
ABOUT ME

Braxton Cook is one of this generation’s brightest up and coming alto saxophonists and songwriters. He has performed alongside Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste and has toured the world many times over with Grammy Nominated Trumpeter Christian Scott all while attending the prestigious Juilliard School.As a band-leader, he has already recorded and released two projects and is now currently working on his debut album.His newest music features not only his abilities as a saxophonist and songwriter, but also features his vocal abilities. Braxton melds all of these elements into his music creating a very unique genre-blending sound that one could describe as Millennial Jazz — accessible to the avid Jazz listener as well as to the R&B and Soul music lover.

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QUOTES AND REVIEWS.

"If Braxton Cook only decided to play his horn, then dude would probably have a really nice career. But it just so happens that Cook's got vocal pipes that could make stones hoop and holler."
http://revive-music.com/2017/04/18/icymi-braxton-cooks-somewhere-record-need-sit/

Dan Michael Reyes May 5, 2017

"R&B/soul newcomer Braxton Cook's new single "Somewhere in Between" has the Okayplayer crew going nuts."
http://www.okayplayer.com/news/braxton-cook-somewhere-in-between-premiere-okayplayer.html

OkayPlayer May 5, 2017

"Cook is truly a musical chameleon with the ability to not only soothe and serenade but also to defy musics genres"

http://saintheron.com/music/audio-braxton-cook-youre-the-one/

Saint Heron - Jalissa Latson May 5, 2017

"I first heard Braxton Cook at a Coltrane tribute in New York and I knew then he was a special kind of artist. He is immersed in the best of the great tradition and his sound is so soulful! I love this album and salute my dear brother Braxton for sharing his grand talent and big heart with us!"

Cornel West May 5, 2017

"You only get artists like this once a generation. Braxton is only 26 and is already redefining how people interact with and see this music, he has it all! He came in with a fresh, fealess and unique perspective on how to approach the alto and this music. I told myself I'd never play with another alto player but upon hearing him the 1st time I knew I had to have his voice in our sound. I knew I was goint to ahve to adjust the music for his voice. He is an incredibly creative and acrobatic player that doesn't need to over play to captivate. He can do it all on the horn and has a command on the instrument that is completely original, which is incredibly difficult to develop and even more difficult to synthesize and apply. If you're looking for the future of this music then look no further..did I mention his voice is out of this world too."

Christian aTunde Adjuah Scott May 5, 2017

"The inclusion of 21-year old saxophonist Braxton Cook, who joined the group during its weekend, engagement was an inspired choice. Cook's texture and tone channeled the spirit of John Coltrane's "Alabama." From his unwavering high notes to his forceful shouts of anger projected toward the audience.."

Downbeat- Shannon Effinger http://downbeat.com/reviews/detail/somewhere-in-between May 5, 2017

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"Braxton Cook's Somewhere in Between" is the record you need to site down with"

Revive Music May 5, 2017

"Jazz saxophonist and composer Braxton Cook is starting to use his own vocals in his work, and the results are spectacular.."

http://pigeonsandplanes.com/music/2017/03/braxton-cook-i-cant-premiere

Alex Gardner May 5, 2017

"Braxton Cook's "I Can't" is a love song for the ages"

Pigeons and Planes - Alex Gardner May 5, 2017

FADER - "Jazz Marvel Braxton Cook..."

FADER May 5, 2017

"The alto saxophonist and vocalist Braxton Cook has a rare mix of Cannonball Adderley-like saxophone chops and svelte, tightly arranged fusion tunes. And he sings, in a light boyish tenor. His forthcoming album, "Somewhere in Between," is likely to turn some heads his way."

New York Times -Giovanni Russonello https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/arts/music/pop-rock-and-jazz-in-nyc-this-week.html May 5, 2017

"Cook is regarded for his alto saxophone playing, but Somewhere in Between finds him exercising his ability as a singer and songwriter as well."

Downbeat - Chris Tart http://downbeat.com/reviews/detail/somewhere-in-between May 5, 2017

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we found ourselves transfixed by the intelligent phrasing and rich tone of a young saxophonist named Braxton Cook

Fritz Hahn, Washington Post April 25, 2017

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“The inclusion of 21-year old saxophonist Braxton Cook, who joined the group during its weekend, engagement, was an inspired choice. Cook’s texture and tone channeled the spirit of John Coltrane’s “Alabama.” From his unwavering high notes to his forceful shouts of anger projected toward the audience…”

Shannon Effinger, Downbeat Magazine April 25, 2017

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My Biography

When I was 5, my Mom rented a saxophone for my Dad’s birthday. I remember sitting down and listening to him play Somewhere Over The Rainbow. The rest of my brothers had left the room, but I stayed, transfixed by the sound. Eventually he came over and asked if I wanted to try it myself – it was too big and heavy for me to hold, so he held it up for me. From that first note, I was hooked and knew that I had to play the saxophone. I grew up in the 90’s in the Maryland/DC area, my house was full of all kinds of music, I remember listening to so much good music in those early years, old Motown records, Parliament Funkadelic, Cameo, Bill Withers and old jazz records. The sound of the saxophone always stood out to me and I found myself wanting to recreate the sounds that I heard from the

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Music

Braxton Cook Band

by Braxton Cook