Brett Gold has pursued an unusual path to his first big band recording with The Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra, Dreaming Big, released on GoldFox Records and available June 16, 2017, on CD Baby, Amazon and iTunes.
Born in 1956 and raised in Pikesville, MD, a suburb of Baltimore, Brett began studying trombone in elementary school, and quickly reached a level of proficiency that enabled him to play with a hand-selected nationwide student orchestra at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center. But his life changed forever when he discovered the music of Charlie Parker and the world of jazz.
Taking the advice of his trombone teacher, who suggested to Brett that if there was anything else he could possibly do in life he should not become a musician, Brett finished high school a year early and attended the University of Rochester as a double major in History and Film Studies, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. While at the University of Rochester he was able to continue his musical studies at the UR's Eastman School of Music, playing with one of its nationally-recognized jazz ensembles.
After college, Brett trained to become a lawyer. He received a J.D. from Columbia University Law School and an LL.M. in tax law from New York University Law School, and subsequently spent 25 years practicing international and corporate tax law, first as an associate and then as a partner, with a major international law firm and a Big Four accounting firm. Brett put away his horn for a decade to concentrate on his career.