Born: January 1, 1961 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Saxophonist and composer Tom Braxton understands his purpose on earth is to create music that touches our hearts. That's why Jazz Review calls Braxton, . . . one of smooth jazz's most prolific saxophonists . . . with all the required tools to become a major force. A seasoned performer, who knows how to charm audiences of all ages, Braxton has his own distinctive and recognizable sound which incorporates elements of Jazz, Latin, Funk and R&B and leaves listeners spellbound, filled with a sense of joy as his music swirls through your soul.
But jazz didn't always come easy growing up in the dusty plains of Lubbock, Texas where it all began for Tom Braxton. As unlikely an environment as it was for a boy to dream of being a jazz musician, Tom fortunately had a direct link to this creative art form through his dad, James (J.T.) Braxton. I have to credit my dad with connecting me to jazz at an early age. He introduced me to all the jazz legends: Lester Young, Miles, Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Stitt, Getz, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins and many more. He would share how he had heard Count Basie and Duke's original bands and the great Ella Fitzgerald. He put the alto sax in my hands in the 6th grade, after I had been playing piano for two years. At the age of 90, my dad still plays his tenor sax and violin everyday, and he's still gigging! After graduating valedictorian from high school, Tom attended Texas Tech University on track and music scholarships. I love to run, and the 200, 400 and 1600-meter relay were my best events. This fact explains his driving energy and stamina on stage today....
Braxton is a master of smooth, sophisticated contemporary jazz and now with 'Imagine This' his status is boosted even further. ~ Smooth Jazz Therapy
He impressed me with his debut album 'Bounce' in 2005, he impressed me with his sparkling sax work on Wayman Tisdale's Smooth Jazz Cruise last winter, but he absolutely blows me away with his second solo album, IMAGINE THIS. I'm imagining that this will be the big breakout release for a career that is really kicking into high gear. ~ SmoothJazz.com
. . . Braxton is clearly destined for major solo success. ~ Smooth Jazz Vibes