DON BRADEN/KARL LATHAM BIG FUNK
A Groove/Jazz/Soul Journey
The Don Braden/Karl Latham co-led Jam/Jazz/Funk group, Big Fun(k), is a dream band for the group of musicians who have known each other and played in various groups together for years. Each member is well known for their individual careers as band leaders, sidemen, studio players and road men. Coming together in this collection brings out the best in each player.
Don Braden is a world-renowned saxophonist/flutist/arranger/composer and recording artist who has toured the world with top artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Haynes, the late Tony Williams and many others.
Karl’s career has spanned the globe performing with Grammy Award winning artists and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members and has subbed on the Broadway productions of “Bring It On”, “Hamilton”, “Beautiful”, and “Ain’t Too Proud”.
Joining Don and Karl will be the amazing keyboardist/composer/arranger Oscar Perez and bassist Gary Foote (WuTang Clan/Blood Sweat and Tears/Smokey Robinson).
Don Braden is a Jazz musician of the highest caliber. For over 30 years he has toured the world leading his own ensembles on saxophone and flute, as a special guest, and as a sideman with Jazz greats Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, and many others. He has composed music for recordings (including 19 CDs as a leader and over 80 as a sideman), film, and the television networks Nickelodeon, CBS and is also a world-renowned educator, having spent over two decades giving master classes at countless schools and universities, and running first class educational programs such as the Litchfield Jazz Camp, NJPAC's Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens, and most recently, the Harvard University Monday Jazz Band.
Karl Latham has performed and recorded with Grammy Award winning artists, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members and many acclaimed artists including The Shirelles; Johnny Winter; Bernie Worrell; Mark Egan Unit1; John Lee Quartet with Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Cyrus Chestnut, Jon Faddis; Ali Ryerson with Pete Levin; Jerry Vivino; The Fantasy Band; Howard Paul with Laurence Hobgood, Anat Cohen and Tom Scott; The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Group; Andy Snitzer; Vic Juris; Mitch Stein and Rachel Z. Karl has performed in Europe for decades in the groups of vibraphonist Wolfgang Lackerschmid and pianist Johannes Mossinger. Latham co-led the 2016 BMW World Jazz Award nominated “Constellations” with Mark Egan and Ryan Carniaux. Karl has subbed on the Broadway productions of “Bring It On”, “Hamilton”, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, and “Ain’t Too Proud” and is a long-standing adjunct instructor at Drew University, County College of Morris and PCCC.
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