Joanne Brackeen

Joanne Brackeen ( born July 26, 1938 in Ventura (California ) as Jo Anne Grogan ) is an American jazz pianist and university teacher.

Brackeen got to the age of eleven piano by nachspielte the solos of plates by Frankie Carle and her " inner music " on the instrument sound was. She also had later only a few hours of music and left in 1958 after three days the Conservatory of Los Angeles. A little later came the first performances with Dexter Gordon, Teddy Edwards, Harold Land, Bobby Hutcherson, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Charles Lloyd. She was also with some soul jazz vibraphonist Freddie McCoy Albums. After her marriage with saxophonist Charles Brackeen (now divorced), she had to withdraw from the scene to raise their children ( 2 daughters, 2 sons ). 1966, meanwhile, moved to New York City, she appeared in public again in appearance. In 1969 she worked with Woody Shaw and David Liebman. Between 1969 and 1972 Brackeen was the first female member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. This was followed by engagements with Joe Henderson ( 1972-75 ) and Stan Getz ( 1975-1977 ) before - established as an outstanding pianist - their own trios and quartets founded, in which, inter alia, Ravi Coltrane, Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart played. She also appeared solo - for example, at Carnegie Hall - on.

Brackeen has the entire history of jazz - including abstraction and fusion - processed. Their musical range extends from standards on modal jazz to free improvisation. Meanwhile she has composed over 300 pieces. Her compositions, some with shifted rhythms and idiosyncratic melodies come from the tradition, but often sound hardbopverhaftet. Your flexibility and productivity assures it in jazz criticism a place as a high-ranking pianist - Leonard Feather, for example, has noted that she was so important in the 1980s, like Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock for the 1960 and Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tyner for the 1970s. Her album Pink Elephant Magic was nominated for a Grammy in 1999. Although the jazz piano has developed a self-taught, Joanne Brackeen is since 1994 professor at the Berklee College of Music.


" Brackeen, like Picasso, broke convention, and she always likely want."

External links and sources

  • Joanne Brackeen Discography
  • Website
  • Berklee website
  • Jazz Pianist
  • Composer (Jazz)
  • High school teacher ( Berklee College of Music)
  • American musician
  • Born in 1938
  • Woman