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“Anthony Branker is crafting some of today's finest compositions”
- Ken Franckling, All About Jazz

Composer Anthony Branker leads the group Anthony Branker & Ascent, a jazz collective formed in 2004 that has featured some of the most significant jazz artists working today, including Tia Fuller, Ralph Bowen, Steve Wilson, Antonio Hart, Bryan Carrott, Clifford Adams, Conrad Herwig, Jonny King, Kenny Davis, Belden Bullock, John Benitez, Adam Cruz, Ralph Peterson Jr., Renato Thoms, Wilby Fletcher, Freddie Bryant, and vocalist Kadri Voorand. The group's second CD, "Blessings," was released on Origin Records in 2009 with their third project, "Dance Music," released in November of 2010. The ensemble's debut CD, "Anthony Branker & Ascent: Spirit Songs," was released internationally in 2006 on the Sons of Sound record label and was cited by the Jazz Journalists Association as one of the "Top 10 new jazz releases for 2006" with the composition "Imani (Faith)" being named one of the "Top 10 best new compositions of the year."

Dr. Branker holds an endowed chair in jazz and is director of the Program in Jazz Studies 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, and the evolution of jazz styles. As a composer, he has received composition prizes, commissions, served as composer-in-residence, and has had his music featured in performance at the Pori International Jazz Festival (Finland), Leningrad/St. Petersburg International Jazz Festival (Russia), Kaunas International Jazz Festival (Lithuania), Estonia International Jazz Festival (Estonia), Mt. Fuji International Jazz Festival (Japan), JVC Jazz Festival (New York), Panasonic Village Jazz Festival (New York); concert and club appearances in China, Russia, France, and Germany; as well as in performance at such venues as the Iridium Jazz Club, Sweet Basil Jazz Club, The Five Spot, New York's Symphony Space, the Fez under the Time Café, Trumpets Jazz Club, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture. In addition, his music has appeared on National Public Radio, was spotlighted at the International Jazz Composers Symposium at the University of South Florida, and has been performed by the Shanghai Jazz Orchestra in Shanghai, China. His works have been performed and/or recorded by Steve Nelson, Stanley Jordan, Talib Kibwe, Conrad Herwig, Mark Gross, Curtis Lundy, James Weidman, Steve Kroon, Rick Margitza, Jann Parker, and the Spirit of Life Ensemble and have featured such guest soloists as Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderson, Winard Harper, John Hicks, Valery Ponomarev, Joe Ford, Cecil Brooks III, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Alex Blake, Sarah Jane Cion, and Benny Carter.

RECORDINGS FEATURING Anthony Branker:


Anthony Branker and Word Play
ORIGIN 82635

Anthony Branker and Ascent
ORIGIN 82627

Anthony Branker & Word Play
ORIGIN 82597

Anthony Branker & Ascent
ORIGIN 82579

Anthony Branker & Ascent
ORIGIN 82527
   


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For more information about Anthony Branker, please visit: http://www.anthonybranker.com/.

 

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