Braxton Cook is one of this generation’s emerging voices on the alto saxophone. He is also a talented vocalist and songwriter who’s sound blends both his Soul and R&B influences with his musical background in Jazz.
In the fall of 2011, Braxton transferred from Georgetown University, where he studied English, to the prestigious Juilliard School on the Illinois Jacquet Scholarship to hone his skills as a Jazz saxophonist. Braxton's unique drive and artistry eventually caught the attention of many Jazz greats. In 2012, Grammy Award- Nominated Trumpeter, Christian Scott, asked Braxton to be apart of his band. Braxton toured around the world with Christian’s band playing world-class festivals such as Marciac Jazz Festival, North Sea Festival, London Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival and even proceeded to catch the attention of major publications such as Fader Magazine, Downbeat Magazine and NPR. In 2013, Braxton was selected as a semi-finalist in the internationally coveted Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
The releases of his 2014 EP “Sketch” and 2015 album “Braxton Cook meets Butcher Brown” amassed him an audience that now spans across the United States. He's since performed sold out shows in major venues such as Bohemian Caverns in Washington DC, Ginny's Supper Club and Rockwood Music Hall in New York City and has even performed at a key Jazz Festivals in the states such as DC Jazz Festival, Art of Cool Jazz Festival, Gardena Jazz Festival, and Central Avenue Jazz Festival. His track record and digital following gained him features in diverse music and culture outlets such as The Washington Post, Downbeat Magazine, Okayplayer, and Saint Heron. Since graduating from The Juilliard School, Braxton has continued to tour with Christian Scott’s group as well as tour nationally and internationally with other groups such as The New Century Jazz Quintet, Ulysses Owens Quintet and Tomohiro Miro Quartet.
Somewhere in Between is set to released in early 2017 and features Braxton’s saxophone playing as well as his singing and songwriting. The over arching concept behind this album is the importance of finding your own lane musically and artistically and then trusting in it. It's about discovering yourself and not conforming to the pressures around us. Braxton’s sound and musical identity has always been in between the Soul music that he was raised on and the Jazz that he has studied and grown to love. This album serves as inspiration to artists and people in all walks of life to embrace their uniqueness and own it.