By Litchfield Performing Arts, a not-for-profit educational charity.

Don Braden

Photo by Steven Sussman

Photo by Steven Sussman


Saxophonist Don Braden has toured the world with jazz greats Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Tony Williams, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Haynes, and many others. He has been on over 80 CDs as a sideman and has 18 as a leader, the latest of which is “Full Circle“, co-led with vocalist Vanessa Rubin, which was released in September 2013. He has composed music for countless concerts, for all of his CDs and for a number of independent films. He spent four years as composer for the CBS sitcom Cosby and composed for another Cosby project, Little Bill. In 2000, he received a Doris Duke Foundation New Works composer’s award. A busy educator, he teaches parttime at the Prins Claus Conservatoire in the Netherlands, and he runs NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens Program. He also currently leads the Harvard University Monday Jazz Band. Don has been the music director of the Litchfield Jazz Camp since 1998.

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