Saxophonist and composer Tom Braxton grew up in Texas. At an early age, his dad, saxophonist James (J.T.) Braxton, introduced him to jazz. Tom started to play piano in the 4th grade, but two years later, his father put the alto sax in his hands. During his college years, he formed the jazz-fusion band “No Compromise” which opened concerts for Joe Sample, Stanley Clarke, George Howard, and many others. After graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music/Performance degree, he decided to launch his solo career. In 1992, Tom released his debut album with producer Bernard Wright. Bernard also got him to gig with Wayman Tisdale and Tom toured extensively with Wayman for 17 years, also serving as Musical Director. Parallelly, Tom also continued with his solo career and toured the world. Up to now, he has recorded nine albums, and they all numerous jazz charts.
Through the years, Braxton has shared stage with many well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Candy Dulfer, Brian Culbertson, Bob James, George Duke, Earl Klugh, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Golub, Marcus Miller, Keiko Matsui, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross and Sheila E. He has opened concerts for numerous jazz greats incl. Norman Brown, Boney James, Najee, Dave Brubeck, Spyro Gyra, The Rippingtons, David Benoit and The Crusaders. Jazz Review calls Braxton “one of smooth jazz’s most prolific saxophonists” and in fact, the energetic, charismatic performer knows how to charm audiences of all ages. He has his own distinctive and recognizable sound which incorporates elements of Jazz, Latin, Funk, and R&B. In July 2016, Tom released “The Other Side” with trumpeter Robert Sanae. The collaborative CD is a delicious blend of contemporary, chill, and smooth jazz.
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