Braden Smith is a Saxophonist living and performing in the Chicago area. Originally from California, Braden began playing saxophone and studying music at a young age. When he was in High School, Braden was spotted by renowned guitarist Robben Ford during the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, California. The following day he was asked to perform with Ford's group. The experience of playing with Ford helped define Braden as a musician. It was one of the moments responsible for his decision to pursue a life in music. The music of Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Mark Turner, helped to shape his personal voice and identity on his instrument.
Braden moved to NYC in 2012 to study music at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, graduating in 2016. Braden has studied with many great musicians such as Marc Mommaas, Ben Schachter, Chris Cheek, David Schnitter, and Armen Donelian to name a few. He feels fortunate to have performed and played with Armen Donelian in a variety of settings.
Braden primarily plays Tenor Saxophone, in addition to other woodwinds. He enjoys making music in a variety of genres, although jazz and improvised music is his focus. His goal is to perform and compose emotionally stimulating music centered around presentation of a specific theme, be it social, political, humanitarian, emotional, etc.
Musician: Braden Smith