‘Braidhas accomplished much for someone still in the early stages of acareer. He has been evolving so quickly that he doesn’t just need to bewatched–he needs to be watched closely.’ – All About Jazz
Touted as one of Canada’s most gifted young jazzpianists and composers, David Braid is a Juno Award winner, NationalJazz Award recipient, and has performed extensively across Canada,Europe, Australia, Brazil, Japan, and China.
Braid graduated from the University of Toronto in 1998 and wasnominated for the Canadian Governor General’s Academic Medal. In 2001,the Canada Council for the Arts (JazzID program) selected and showcasedBraid as one of five important young composers and jazz musicians inCanada.
Braid made a relatively late entry into music and an even laterforay into jazz. After several years of dedicated study, he quicklyearned respect from music critics for the quality of his contributionsas a composer and performer to a wide range of projects including TheDavid Braid Sextet, Nimmons’n’Braid, Brubeck Braid andDavidson/Murley/Braid Quintet (DMBQ). He is also a regular member of 12other jazz ensembles including John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra, MikeMurley Septet, Metalwood, William Carn Quintet, Kelly JeffersonQuartet, Artie Roth Quintet, William Sperandei ensemble, and Nehring,Koller & Braid.
‘…he’s already securein the senior ranks of jazz pianists… Braid the player, writer,arranger and bandleader is clearly a force to be reckoned with.’ – TheToronto Star
Braid was the recipient of the 2007 ‘SOCAN Composer of the Year,’which recognized his writing for the David Braid Sextet, the principalvehicle for Braid’s compositional work since 2000. One notable work wasa commission from the Global Knowledge Foundation to compose andperform a piece to honour Dr. Stephen Hawking during his visit toToronto in 1998.
‘ …Hawking loved DavidBraid’s hauntingly beautiful composition, For Stephen Hawking, andaccepted the CD recording with evident glee at the conclusion of hisConvocation Hall lecture.’ – The Globe & Mail
Thirty-two-year-old Braid has written over sixty works and unveiled hisfirst orchestral piece with the Winnipeg Symphony in 2005, whichblended jazz form, symphonic composition and improvisation. Braid’sopen-mindedness in exploring different music style has allowed him toventure outside jazz circles, as recent engagements with symphonyorchestras performing George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ hasconfirmed Braid as an artist of surprising versatility. He iscontinuing to explore this blended form through a commission to composeand record an album with the renowned classical quintet, The CanadianBrass.
Aside from performing and composing, Braid has been a faculty member at the University of Toronto since 2003.
‘A Jazz Genius to Call Our Own’- Maclean’s Magazine
The David Braid Sextet
Canadian critics have cited the David Braid Sextet as a premierensemble that exports a compelling statement about the sophisticatedjazz talent percolating in Canada. Each composition is crafted by Braidto expose the unique talents in this ensemble comprising Terry Clarke,drums; Steve Wallace, bass; Mike Murley, saxophone; Gene Smith,trombone; and John MacLeod, flugelhorn. Their first recording in 2001struck internationally acclaimed jazz critic, Gene Lees, who said: ‘IfBill Evans were alive, I’d send Braid’s CD to him’ and their secondalbum, VIVID, won the 2005 Juno Award for Traditional Jazz Album of theYear. Their third album, ZHEN (the last recording made at the historic’Top ‘O The Senator’), was nominated for a Juno Award and was voted oneof the top jazz recordings in 2006 by The Toronto Star (top 10), OttawaCitizen (#1) and All About Jazz (Best of 2006). The Sextet was recentlyendorsed by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs to tour Japan,China and Hong Kong in 2006; and Brazil in 2007.
‘Hearing the David BraidSextet proved their world-class mettle.’ – Jack Chambers, author of’The Music and Times of Miles Davis’