David Braid

Primary Instrument: Piano

David Braid

“Braid has accomplished much for someone still in the early stages of a career. He has been evolving so quickly that he doesn't just need to be watched--he needs to be watched closely.” - All About Jazz

Touted as one of Canada's most gifted young jazz pianists and composers, David Braid is a Juno Award winner, National Jazz Award recipient, and has performed extensively across Canada, Europe, Australia, Korea, Japan, China and other parts of Asia.

Braid graduated from the University of Toronto in 1998 and was nominated for the Canadian Governor General's Academic Medal. In 2001, the Canada Council for the Arts (JazzID program) selected and showcased Braid as one of five important young composers and jazz musicians in Canada....
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“a combination of intelligence and abandon; music making of the highest calibre” ~ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“...he's already secure in the senior ranks of jazz pianists... Braid the player, writer, arranger and bandleader is clearly a force to be reckoned with.” ~TORONTO STAR

“If Mozart played jazz, he'd be David Braid” ~HALIFAX CHRONICLE-HERALD

“A Jazz Genius to Call Our Own” ~MACLEANS MAGAZINE

“No musician in Canada took such giant strides as David Braid did in his twenties, and this year, his 31st, might eclipse all that.” ~JACK CHAMBERS, AUTHOR OF 'The Music and Times of Miles Davis'

“Touted as one of the most gifted young pianists and composers in the country” ~CBC

“I have to stop thinking of Braid as 'Canada's-best-young, most-promising etc.' jazz piano player, and (because I've not heard all the others) among-the-top anywhere. He has arrived. He ranks.” ~TED O'REILLY, WHOLENOTE

“Braid has accomplished much for someone still in the early stages of a career. He has been evolving so quickly that he doesn't just need to be watched--he needs to be watched closely.” ~ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“Braid's playing finds a remarkable level of taste, technique, and depth of communication.” ~EDMONTON JOURNAL

“Braid's tone, touch, chord voicings and imagination make him one of the most interesting new pianists I've encountered in a long time.” ~DOUG RAMSEY, RIFFTIDES

“If Bill Evans were alive, I'd send Braid's CD to him.”~ GENE LEES, THE JAZZLETTER

“In all, this recording is well produced and performed with supreme confidence. But the most enduring quality of the music is its uncommon marriage of styles which are blended seamlessly in the masters' hands.” ~ Scene Magazine (UK)

“This gifted duo delivers new music that glows with clarity and depth...” ~Coda Magazine

“Wide-ranging, exploratory, contemplative and at times surprisingly funky.” ~South China Morning Post

“David Braid and Matt Brubeck do no less than transcend the boundaries of jazz...they've not only studied the greats of jazz thoroughly, but also 19th and 20th century classical pioneers - Debussy, Stravinsky, Bartok, Ginastera...” ~Cello City

“a summit of creativity... in this charming, sometimes brilliant, and always intriguing debut” ~WINDSOR STAR

“Brubeck's “Huevos Verdes y Jamon” has a Hispano-Caribbean lilt worthy of Sonny Rollins or Chick Corea, Braid's “Mnemosyne's March” Brahmsian gravity and beauty of line.” ~Doug Ramsey 'ARTS JOURNAL'

“I have to stop thinking of Braid as 'Canada's-best-young/most-promising etc.'jazz piano player, and (because I've not heard all the others) 'among-the-top anywhere.'He has arrived... I've now moved on to expecting a high standard in his work, and he and Brubeck more than justify my trust on this album.” ~ Ted O'Reilly 'WHOLENOTE'

“...pulsating percussive rhythm sets the stage for exploration of the theme - sliding gracefully into a cello break of pleasing classically tinged tonal musings that create emotions of high drama, solitude and passion.” ~JAZZ REVIEW

“Mr. Brubeck and Braid are wonderfully talented musicians with a completely unique sound.” ~ A. Allsop, Jazz Syndicate Radio, U.K.

“This is a duo of like-minded musicians who seem to know each other well and they make some very enjoyable music full of melody and energy.” ~ © ~Cadence Magazine 2008

Updated February 08, 2008
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