Chuck Braman playing drums

I’m a jazz drummer and bandleader based in New York City. My drumming and bandleading have developed together as two different aspects of the music I love to play. I love putting together my favorite musicians into ideal combinations, picking the most interesting music for each instrumentation, and then immersing myself in the music we make.

These bands represent musical projects that I’ve developed over the course of my lifetime. Each is based around a particular instrumentation, repertoire, stylistic concept, and core group of musicians.

Saxophonist Dave Rickenberg, trumpeter Bill Mobley

Trumpet-Tenor Saxophone Quintet  A quintet drawing inspiration primarily from the brilliantly inventive compositions of trumpeter Kenny Dorham, saxophonist Joe Henderson and others featured on classic Blue Note recordings of the 1960s.

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Guitarist Khabu Doug Young

Guitar Trio/Quartet  With a front-line featuring either one or two guitarists, this band performs the music of Thelonious Monk, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny, Paul Motian, and others.

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Saxophonist Chris Bacas, guitarist Tom Guarna, bassist Thomson Kneeland

Saxophone Quartet  With a front-line consisting of saxophone and guitar, this group explores some of the most challenging jazz compositions from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

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Vibraphonist Behn Gillece

Vibraphone Trio/Quartet  With a front-line consisting of vibraphone, either alone (trio) or supported by guitar or piano (quartet), this group explores a mixture of standards, Brazilian, and jazz compositions that lend themselves to the sound of the vibraphone.

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Pianist Art Hirahara

Piano Trio  This group explores rarely-performed compositions of Bill Evans and Antonio Carlos Jobim, among other great jazz composers.

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