Born: January 30, 1988 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Born in Pikeville, KY, Brandon Coleman came to music at an early age. There were always guitars around his family home, and he was given his very own at the age of twelve. Initially enamored with Chet Atkins, Jimi Hendrix and Danny Gatton, Brandon set out to teach himself everything he could about music and the guitar. Shortly after, Brandon also began teaching himself piano.
Soon after enrolling at Morehead State University, intent on being a lawyer, Brandon realized he could major in music and promptly made the decision to change his major; he was given a full scholarship to attend. During this time, he was able to study with Glenn Ginn on guitar and Steve Snyder on piano and organ.
After graduating from Morehead, Brandon was accepted at the University of Louisville as a Masters student, again on a full scholarship. He is currently in his final semester.
Brandon’s teaching skills have allowed him to travel to the cities of Quito, Cuenca and Loja in Ecuador, where he taught masterclasses in jazz guitar. He has also taught clinics and masterclasses at various colleges, high schools, and music stores in the Tri-State area. Brandon has played with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Oatts, Joe Magnarelli, Mike Holober and Amina Figarova. He currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky and leads his own groups, The Brandon Coleman Trio, Brandon Coleman’s Hard Quartet and Anomaly. He is also a prolific sideman, being involved with D’Arkestra, Luke McIntosh And The Flexi-Sextet and Drew Miller And The Heavy-Handed. He also keeps busy as a freelance guitarist and pianist in the Louisville area.
Brandon is currently endorsed by ModTone effect pedals.
Awards:Outstanding Soloist - Elmhurst Jazz Festival 2010 Clinician/Performer - Loja Jazz Festival 2012
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students