Two For Tuesday: Rick Braun

As long as we’re on the subject of smooth jazz trumpeters, let’s talk about Rick Braun. Rick started out as a drummer and followed his brother in the study of trumpet. He attended the Eastman School of Music, and while there becam a member of Auracle, a jazz-fusion band. He co-wrote the song “Here With Me” with REO Speedwagon and spent much of the ’80’s as a studio musician and touring member with a number of popular music acts. He released his debut album, Intimate Secrets, in 1992, and it and his next couple of albums sold so well that he was persuaded to take his act solo.

His influences include Miles Davis, Clark Terry, and Herb Alpert. The song “Tijuana Dance?” is from his tribute to Alpert, 2009’s All It Takes.

Rick, guitarist Norman Brown, and saxophonist Kirk Whalum have collaborated on three albums, calling themselves BWB. The song “BWB” is the title track from their third album, released in 2016.

Rick has collaborated on albums with Boney James and Richard Elliott. He and Elliott founded ARTizen Music Group (now called Artistry Music) in 2005. His website tells us he’ll be appearing this Saturday at the SmoothChicago.com Showroom in Rosemont, Illinois, and that later this month he’ll be working the Dave Koz Cruises (both of which are sold out) that leave from Sydney. Australia on March 24 and 31.

Rick Braun, your Two for Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

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