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Anthony Branker

Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: August 28, 1958    

Anthony Branker

Composer Anthony Branker has recorded for Origin Records and Sons of Sound Records and has seven releases in his fast growing and musically rich discography. They include: The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite (Origin, 2014), Uppity (Origin, 2013), Together (Origin, 2012), Dialogic (Origin, 2011), Dance Music (Origin, 2010), Blessings (Origin, 2009), and Spirit Songs (Sons of Sound, 2006). He leads both Anthony Branker & Ascent and Anthony Branker & Word Play, which have featured David Binney, Ralph Bowen, Conrad Herwig, Jim Ridl, Kenny Davis, Donald Edwards, Renato Thoms, Alison Crockett, Mark Gross, Tia Fuller, Steve Wilson, Antonio Hart, Andy Hunter, Clifford Adams, Eli Asher, Jonny King, Bryan Carrott, John Benitez, Belden Bullock, Adam Cruz, Ralph Peterson Jr., Wilby Fletcher, Kadri Voorand, and Freddie Bryant. ...
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Awards

U.S. Fulbright Scholar

United States Presidential Scholars Teacher Award

Institute for Arts and Humanities Education Distinguished Teaching Award

New Jersey Association for Jazz Education 2009 Jazz Education Achievement Award for “Outstanding Accomplishment in the Field of Jazz Studies and Continued Dedication to the New Jersey Jazz Education Community.”

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    Uppity

    Origin Records
    2013
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    Together

    RCA
    2012
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    Dance Music

    Origin Records
    2011
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    Blessings

    Origin Records
    2009
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    Spirit Songs

    Sons of Sound
    2006

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“Anthony Branker is crafting some of today’s finest compositions…” —All About Jazz

“(Branker) pulls off the dandy feat of merging art and commerce making creative jazz that could leap to mass appeal...this is everything you could want in a swinging, mainstream date...simply hits it out of the park” —Midwest Record Review of “Together” CD

“A soulful album that should only be the start of any exploration of Branker's work” —eMusic Review of “Together” CD

“Branker's music relies on a strong rhythmic foundation, with Afro-Cuban inspired grooves and solo sections over energetic vamps…With a unique combination of depth and accessibility, Branker is able to put forth a jazz perspective steeped in soulful optimism.” —John Barron, All About Jazz

“Composer/arranger/trumpeter/mentor Anthony Branker is one of those gurus who, although he has appeared in the spotlight as a leader or co-collaborator with various big names, has made his most lasting mark as an educator and composer…(he) has proven to be an inspiration to many known and unknown musicians...Spirit Songs is Branker’s all-cards-on-the-table look at his compositional being, a deeply spiritual individual who uses his faith to imbue his art for eight compelling compositions...

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Primary Instrument:Composer/conductor

Location:Princeton, NJ

Willing to teach:Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:

Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker holds the endowed chair of the Anthony H.P Lee Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies, is Founder/Director of the Program in Jazz Studies, and serves as Associate Director of the Program in Musical Performance at Princeton University, where he directs an extensive list of ensembles and teaches courses in jazz theory through improvisation & composition, jazz performance practice in historical and cultural context, jazz composition, the evolution of jazz styles, and the improvising ensemble...

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