BIOGRAPHY

 Pat Braxton 

 Pat Braxton “ The Lady of The Day “

Pat Braxton was born in Somers Point NJ, and grew up in Boston MA. And now resides in Milton MA. She has released 3 projects. Them There Eyes (2010), God Bless the Child (2012) andher current release Pat Braxton Live At Scullers (2013) .

Pat is quickly becoming a trilling and engaging woman in jazz as a vocalist, composer, recording artist and entertainer. So much so that she has been Awarded Best Female Jazz Artist at The New England Music Urban Awards 2012 & 2013 and Best Jazz Cd/Single 2013.Nominated at The London Urban Music Awards and for Boston Music Awards in the Jazz category.

 

“As far a I can remember, I have always loved to entertain people and put a smile on their faces. I started singing and performing before I could read .It was a lot of fun and still is!” That’s how Pat Braxton describes the beginning of her interest in music. She was born in New Jersey and was raised in Boston, Ma. Showcasing her talent throughout the United States Italy and Asia and has included performances that The Blues Alley in(Washington DC), Scullers Jazz Club (Boston), Ocho Rios International Jazz festival (Kingston Jamaica ) International Jazz Cruises and a host of other venues. She captivates her audiences everywhere with her personality and charm.

Pat has often been compared to Billie Holiday and her voice and facial features are strikingly similar. Pat was one of the vocalists chosen to perform at the Urban League’s 90th Anniversary Gala Event, which was held at the Boston Seaport Hotel .Pat has worked The Whispers ,Herb Reed and Platters,The Temptations Revue and a host of others artist .. Pat Braxton’s presence, and emotional appeal continues to thrill audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures. So, if you like Billie Holiday, you will love Pat. She brings you back in time like no other Jazz artist of this day and age.

 

                                                                          

                                                                             Tuffus Zimbabwe ( Piano )

TUFFUS ZIMBABWE comes from a rich lineage of artists and musicians,most notably the musical genius Edmund Jenkins. Edmund Jenkins was a brilliant composer and performer in the genres of Jazz and Classical music from the early 1900s. He was internationally renowned and is remembered for his significant contributions to the development of jazz in the United States, via Charleston, South Carolina.Tuffus, a novel composer and master musician in his own right, is fromthe Roxbury area of Boston, Massachusetts and started playing piano atthe age of five. His father, a teacher, and his mother, a visual artist, both armed with knowledge of their rich musical heritage, made it a point to provide Tuffus with substantial musical exposure.

Tuffus began by studying classical piano, which he did for roughly two decades. At the age of 12 he explored gospel music at a local Roxbury church where he started playing piano with the men’s choir a couple of years later. In his early teens, Tuffus joined Berklee College ofMusic’s City Music Program where he began his formal training in jazz.Here is where his skills and talents as a musician matured. Theprogram offered him a laboratory to develop his compositions and aforum to perform with his peers.In 2001, Tuffus won the songwriting competition at Berklee’s Five Week Summer Program. He was subsequently awarded the full-tuition “CityMusic Continuing Scholarship” to study in Berklee’s undergraduate program where he dual-majored in Music Business and Film Scoring, and also completed extensive studies n composition and performance.Tuffus’ composition skills landed him on Liz Walker’s morning show onCBS-TV, Boston, where he performed his original “African Breeze”withthe Tuffus Zimbabwe Group, and one of his pieces (composed, arranged,and produced) was used as the theme for this show.During his years living in Boston,

 Tuffus performed throughout NewEngland and has played in the Boston area’s surrounding main jazz andR&B venues, including Wally’s Jazz Café, Sculler’s Jazz Club,Ryle’sJazz Club, The Bee Hive, The Roxy nightclub, and The Paradise, among others. In addition, Tuffus has performed a large repertoire ofEuropean Classical music in concert halls including Suelly Hall(Boston Conservatory), Slosberg Hall (Brandeis University) and at M.Steinhardt & Sons (Boston). 

He has performed in several festivals and venues across the UnitedStates such as the International Association of Jazz Educators (LongBeach. CA), Santa Fe Musik Festival (NM), Cape Cod Jazz Festival (MA),the New Brunswick Jazz Festival (NJ), The Providence Black RepertoryTheatre (RI), and The Groove (NYC), as well as in Canada (GallerieRouge in Quebec City with group J4DA). After graduating from Berklee, Tuffus came full circle and returned to instruct a jazz ensemble in the City Music program, where he alsocomposed and arranged for the program. In 2007 Tuffus began graduate studies at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Music (‘09) witha focus in Jazz Studies, where he simultaneously served as adjunct faculty.2010 Tuffus joined the house band of Saturday Night Live

                                                Marty Gilman   (Hammond Organ, piano,  saxophones, flute, and clarinet. )

On My CD " Them There Eyes " 2010 God Bliss the Child 2012

Marty Gilman resides in Auburn, MA and is a skilled performer on Hammond Organ, piano,  saxophones, flute, and clarinet. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music.  He holds a Masters Degree in Education and has done post graduate studies in Spanish, as well.  

Marty has extensive experience as a professional performer. R&B, Jazz, and Blues are specialties, but Marty has played it all, from Baroque to the Avant Garde. He is a talented improviser,  while being proficient at reading and arranging too.  During his career,  Marty has had the good fortune  to play with The TemptationsTommy James and the ShondellesChris BruebeckThe Platters, as well as many local groups such as The Pat Braxton BandThe BagatelleWilbur and the DukesThe Marty Gilman BandHerbie, Blue Devil Bluez, and many more. 

Marty is the former Director of Music for the Oxford, MA Public Schools, and currently teaches in the Massachusetts State College system.Marty has appeared as a guest soloist on more than 20 CDs, and  is often called on to perform at festivals, concerts, clubs, and church services.

                                                                             Patricia Velasquez (Piano)

On my Cd Pat Braxton Live @ Scullers Jazz Club 2012 and Gee Whiz Single

  Patricia Velasquez was born in Englewood New Jersey where she started piano lessons at the age of four.  She studied first under Dunz Ridel and then studied classical music with Victoria Banks.  She has performed in various recitals and teas in New Jersey.  It was in High School that she began to explore jazz under the tutelage of Joe Daly and Denton E. Tyler.  She has played in multiple jazz bands.  In 1987, she obtained a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, which she attended –Berklee alumni  ’91.  Patricia has performed numerous solo gigs as well as worked with various duos and trios in various restaurants, nursing homes, churches,etc.  She was introduced to Gospel Music in 1996-when she became a part of The South Central Mass Choir of which she is a current member today.  Patricia currently accompanies various singers and choral groups in her church.  She has been teaching piano privately for 24 years.  She also currently teaches at Norfolk School of Music in Hyde Park. 

           

                                                                                   Wayne Jones ( Guitar )


Would have never thought any of this was going to happen for me. God is good and despite many obstacles starting way back before my birth and throughout my life he has been with me every step of the way. I play guitar, bass, and make musical sounds with other items sometimes even with other humans-lol. I educate youth through music and social studies in Boston, Mass. and have worked with a few local bands like The Bello Project, Serious Bizness with Webster Roach, Steady Pressure with Joe Davis jr, The Ray Greene Band, The Neon Soul Collective down in Providence, Rhode Island at the Blackrep, and the Walter Beasley Band on the road.

Over the years I've had the pleasure of performing/recording, (*or opening/closing for*) with many local and national acts such as Freda Battle, Yolanda Adams, Clarence Powell, Clarence Thomson Sr. and the New Spirits, Parkes Stewart, Maurice Starr, Andre Ward, Walter Beasley, Unek Aproach, FirstClass w/Concetta, Soul of Boston, Stardust, Moonglow, Marcus Roberts, *Doc Powell, Roberta Flack, Smokie Norful, Norman Brown, Paul Jackson Jr., Dave Dyson, Marcus Johnson, Commisioned, Kiki Sheard, J. Moss, Rachelle Farrell, Marion Meadows, Patti Austin, Keiko Matsui, Gerald Albright, Larry Carlton, Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, Brian McKnight, etc*. When time allows I compose and create musical ideas also.
When you get a chance please check me out  Peace!

                                                                              Wali Ali ( Guitar )Master 

On My CD Pat Braxton Live @ Scullers Jazz club 2012 ad Gee Whiz Single

 I began playing guitar at age 10. My older brother played and he influenced me to do so. Music was always around the house. My parents loved jazz and my brother was into R&B. He had stacks of soul 45s, but then he got into folk and rock. So I listened to all of that. When I think about it, that is the concept of the Tambourine Band right there. My cousins played music too. One played alto sax, another trumpet, and the last bass. I learned a little bit here and there from them and also from their friends who played too. It was about that time that I started playing with other local musicians. I took my first formal guitar lessons from a violinist and I had other teachers along the way. I studied music theory at NYU and at The New School.

I played in a funk band back then. We did a lot of Kool and the Gang and Mandrill – that sort of thing. These were friends from New Rochelle. Joel Scott was one. He is an excellent piano player who lives in LA now. Joel’s played with everyone from the Jacksons to Ravi Coltrane. Guy Davis was another. Guy has gone on to be an important singer/songwriter folk-type blues man, and also my brother-in-law.

As my circle grew, I came to meet musicians, first from Mount Vernon and then from all over the country. These included John Purcell and Tommy James. John and Tommy are great musicians. Through their connections, and those of Guy, I have played with hundreds of talented and inspirational people. 
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                                                                          Eros Lamb (Drums)

On my CD " Them There Eyes" 2010 , God Bliss The Child 2012 and Pat Braxton Live @ Scullers Jazz Club 2012 and Gee Whiz Single

 

 







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