Don't forget to order your copy of Tom Braxton's Christmas CD, Comfort and Joy, from the Online Store. This disc includes classic holiday favorites. Share the jazzy sounds of Christmas with all of your friends and family!
Tom on the Cover of Saxophone Journal
Tom Braxton is on the cover of the November/December 2011 issue of Saxophone Journal. In an 8-page feature article by Thomas Erdmann, Braxton gives tips on saxophone techniques and discusses his musical influences, recording CDs, training, industry relationships and more. Click here to order your copy.
Tom to Perform in Rockbox Christmas Show
Don't miss Tom Braxton at the Rockbox Theater in Fredericksburg, Texas this holiday season! He will join the fantastic Rockbox cast as a Guest Artist in the Christmas at Rockbox show every weekend, Nov. 18 - Dec. 24 (31 shows). The music and comedy extravaganza will also feature the doo-wop vocals of The Moonlites. Brighten your holiday season with a trip to the scenic Texas hill country. The magical Rockbox Christmas show promises to be lots of fun for the entire family! Visit www.rockboxtheater.com for tickets and more information.
Wayman Tisdale Tribute and Induction Into Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame
Tom Braxton will participate in two events honoring Wayman Tisdale this month. On Friday, November 4, at 6:30 p.m., he will headline "A Tribute to Wayman Tisdale" at The Sooner Theatre in Norman, OK. The evening will feature a special screening of the documentary, The Wayman Tisdale Story, and performances of Wayman's smooth jazz hits by Tom and his band. On Thursday, November 10, at 7:00 p.m., Braxton will perform at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert at the Muskogee Civic Center in Muskogee, OK. The 2011 inductees will include Tisdale and other great musicians.
Tom Signs with Infinity Artists Group Booking Agency
Tom Braxton has just signed with Infinity Artists Group, a professional state-of-the-art booking agency based in Temecula, CA. The agency represents such jazz artists as Warren Hill and Steve Oliver, and Tom is very proud to join the Infinity family. For booking information, contact Michael Brotten (CEO of Infinity Artists Group) at 951-216-5064 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Endorses MACSAX® Saxophones
MACSAX® recently announced that Tom Braxton has become the latest professional player to select MACSAX® Saxophones as his instrument of choice. "I have played just about every brand saxophone over the years. MACSAX® has the special edge I have always looked for," said Tom. "Tone is very important to me and I really like the way these instruments sound and feel." Michael Crouch (MACSAX® CEO) said, "We are delighted to add Tom Braxton to our growing list of world class saxophonists. Our ultimate reward is hearing this wonderful instrument reach its full potential through Tom Braxton’s amazing abilities." www.macsax.com
51st Annual Texas Jazz Festival
Don't miss Tom Braxton at the 51st Annual Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi, TX on Friday, October 21, 10:30 p.m., on the AT&T Stage. This is one of Tom's favorite festivals! Visit www.texasjazz-fest.org for more information. See you at Heritage Park!
Sax on the River in Sacramento
Tom Braxton will perform at Sax on the River in Sacramento, CA on Saturday, October 8, to benefit the Karla J. Williams Foundation. This event includes an elegant BBQ dinner, silent auction, no-host bar and amazing entertainment featuring Tom, Andre Delano, Petri Hawkins Byrd (the bailiff on Judge Judy) and many others. Join us at 10215 Garden Highway from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. to support this great foundation that helps cancer patients and their families. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.saxontheriver.com. See you there!
Promises for Families Gala in San Angelo
Tom Braxton will be the featured artist at the Promises for Families Foundation "Music and Memories Gala" in San Angelo, TX. The event will take place at the historic Cactus Hotel on Thursday, September 29, at 6:00 p.m. Come out and support this foundation which is dedicated to providing quality summer camps, after-school programs and academic tutoring for children whose lives have been impacted by parental incarceration. For reservations and more information, visit www.promisesforfamilies.org.
GrapeFest 25th Anniversary
Tom Braxton will perform at the GrapeFest in Grapevine, TX on Saturday, September 17, 10:00 p.m., on the Gazebo Stage. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, GrapeFest is the largest wine festival in the Southwest. Join us in historic downtown Grapevine for award-winning wines, culinary treats and exciting live entertainment. Don't miss the fun! Click here for more information.
Texas Smooth Groove Tour
Join us in September for the Texas Smooth Groove Tour with Tom Braxton, Fingerprints and Mark Harper (hosted by Lynn Briggs). This fantastic event will take place at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville, TX on Friday, September 2, at 7:00 p.m. Click here to get your tickets TODAY!
INFINITI Summer Concert Series in Newport Beach
West Coast fans, don't miss Tom Braxton at the INFINITI Summer Concert Series (presented by ROLEX South Coast Plaza) in Newport Beach, CA. He will perform on Friday, August 12, 8:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Andre Delano is also on Friday's lineup. Get your tickets TODAY! Visit www.hyattconcerts.com for more information.
Tom to Perform with Keiko Matsui at Yoshi's in San Francisco
Tom Braxton will perform with Keiko Matsui at Yoshi's in San Francisco, CA on August 3-6. This venue in the Fillmore Heritage Center is one of the Bay Area's premier locations for great food and jazz. Don't miss these fantastic shows! See Tom's Tour Schedule for more information.
"Jam to Give" Summer Concert Series in Cedar Hill
Be sure to join Tom Braxton again this year at the "Jam to Give" Summer Concert Series in Cedar Hill, Texas. This free 8-week concert series supports local non-profit organizations. Tom will perform on Friday, July 15, 7:00 p.m., at Uptown Village at Cedar Hill. Please bring toiletry donation items to benefit Hope Mansion. Click here for more information.
Jazz Mansion Concert in Dallas
(Note Location Change!) Tom Braxton will be one of the featured artists at the Jazz Mansion Concert (presented by Master Songwriting Sessions) in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, July 10. This incredible evening of jazz will take place in the multi-million-dollar Sharif-Munir Mansion located at 4711 North Lindhurst (just off of Strait Lane). Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and music begins at 5:30 p.m. Come early for hors d'oeuvres, wine and tours of the mansion. Only 55 seats are available, so get your tickets TODAY! Click here for more information.
Balcones Heights Jazz Festival in San Antonio
Tom Braxton has been added to the exciting lineup at Balcones Heights Jazz Festival in San Antonio, Texas. He will perform on Friday, July 8, 9:00 p.m., at the Outdoor Amphitheater at Wonderland of the Americas. This spectacular FREE festival has been captivating South Texas jazz fans for over 15 years. Don't miss the sights and sounds of great live jazz under the stars! Click here for more information.
Tom on The Blake Aaron Radio Show
Tom Braxton will be a LIVE "in studio" guest on The Blake Aaron Radio Show on Thursday, June 30, 4 p.m., in Mission Viejo, CA. This internationally syndicated contemporary jazz program (hosted by Blake Aaron and Tina Anderson) can be heard every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. on KSBR Jazz 88.5 FM and many other stations across the globe. To tune in online, visit www.ksbr.org.
Tom to Return to Spaghettini in Seal Beach
California fans, Tom Braxton is looking forward to returning to Seal Beach this summer! He will perform at Spaghettini Grill and Lounge on July 2 at 8:00 p.m. This is one of Tom's favorite West Coast venues, so don't miss his exciting show! For tickets and information, visit www.spaghettini.com.
Join Tom for Grand Opening of Dallas Venue
Tom Braxton will be the featured performer at the "Grand Opening" of Mary's Southern Cuisine & Entertainment in Dallas, Texas on Friday, June 17, at 8:30 p.m. Join us at this terrific new venue located at 10261 E. Technology Blvd. You will enjoy wonderful home cooking, Southern hospitality and live entertainment! Visit www.maryssoutherncuisine.com for more information. See you there!
Tom to Perform with Dad at Rockbox Theater
Tom Braxton will be the Guest Artist at Rockbox Theater in Fredericksburg, Texas on June 10-12. As a special treat, Tom's dad, J.T. Braxton, will make a guest appearance during this exciting weekend of entertainment. See the Tour Schedule for showtimes and more information. Rockbox Theater is rated the #1 Attraction in Texas by TripAdvisor.com. Don't miss the fun!
Great New Tour Photos
Don't forget to visit Tom's website Photos section often to get a glimpse of all the excitement on tour. Great new pics have been added to Photo Gallery 3 (On Tour) and Photo Gallery 11 (Keiko Matsui Tour in Eastern Europe 2010). Take a look!!
Photo of the Month!
Photo by Byron Lewis. Backstage at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, PA (5-20-11): Tom Braxton, Stephanie Lewis and Sharon Braxton. Painting by Stephanie Lewis (inspired by photo from 2011 Smooth Jazz Cruise).
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Tom on East Coast with Keiko Matsui
East Coast fans, Tom Braxton is heading your way to perform with Keiko Matsui this month! Don't miss these fantastic shows: May 20 at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, PA; May 21 at the Boulton Center in Bay Shore, NY; May 22 at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York, NY; and May 23 at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT. Check the Tour Schedule for details.
Tom to Perform at Rockbox Theater
Be sure to catch Tom Braxton at the Rockbox Theater in Fredericksburg, Texas for two fun-filled weekends of entertainment. He will perform on May 6-8 and June 10-12. Check the Tour Schedule for showtimes and more information. This exciting venue is rated the #1 Attraction in Texas by TripAdvisor.com. See you there!
Festivals in Texas This Month
Tom Braxton will perform at two great festivals in Texas this month. Join him at the Main Street Arts Festival in Fort Worth on Friday, April 15, 5:00 p.m., on the Sundance Square Stage (Main and 4th Street). You can also catch him at the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 30, 5:30 p.m., on the Jazz Stage at Denton's Quakertown Park. Both events are FREE! Don't miss the fantastic music, art, food and fun!
Smooth Jazz Cruise 2011 Photos
Photos from the Smooth Jazz Cruise 2011 have now been posted in Photo Gallery 12. See all the action on stage and the fun in the sun!
Tom to Perform at Del Mar College
Tom Braxton will join the Del Mar College MWF Jazz Band (under the direction of David Irving) for an evening of jazz on Thursday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. The FREE concert will be held at Richardson Performance Hall, Del Mar College East, Corpus Christi, TX. For more information, click here.
West Coast Weekend
Don't miss Tom Braxton in California this month for a West Coast Weekend of exciting performances: The WAVE's Thursday Night Vibe at Marbella in Hollywood (Thursday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.), Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula (Friday, March 18, 8:00 p.m.), Spaghettini in Seal Beach (Saturday, March 19, 8:00 p.m.) and Humphreys Backstage Live in San Diego (Sunday, March 20, 8:00 p.m.). Be sure to join us for great jazz and fun!
2011 Oasis Awards Weekend Cancelled
March 7, 2011. The 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards Weekend scheduled for March 10-13 in San Diego has been cancelled. For more information, visit www.oasisjazzawards.com.
2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards
Tom Braxton will be part of the all-star lineup for the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards Weekend in San Diego, CA on March 10-13, 2011. Over 45 jazz artists will be featured at multiple venues during four days of concerts and activities. The awards show will be held at the San Diego Civic Theatre on Saturday, March 12, 7:30 p.m., with Dave Koz as Host and Jeff Lorber as Music Director. Tom will perform at several weekend events (see Tour Schedule) and will also be a presenter on awards night. To vote for your favorite artist or to get event details and ticket info, visit www.oasisjazzawards.com.
Tom Braxton on Cafe Jazz "Best of 2010" List
Tom Braxton is a featured artist on Cafe Jazz Radio's Best of 2010 year-end review. This 3-part series will be broadcast on affiliate stations across the globe. Part 1 (January 2, 2011, Edition #596) spotlights Tom's single, "Open Road," which is #13 on the Cafe Jazz 2010 Top 50 Selections list. To listen to the program On-Demand, read the review article, or see all the lists of 2010 favorites, visit www.jazzlynx.net.
Smooth Jazz Cruise 2011
Tom heads to the Caribbean this month on The Smooth Jazz Cruise, which has been called The Greatest Party at Sea. This year, there will be two sailings: January 16-23 (Week 1) and January 23-30 (Week 2). The fabulous lineup includes David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Boney James, Brian McKnight, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Nick Colionne, George Duke, Candy Dulfer, Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub, Philippe Saisse, Brian Simpson and many more! A few cabins have just become available for both weeks. To join us this year or in 2012, visit www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com.
Christmas Tour Heads to the West Coast
December 6, 2010. Tom Braxton's Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour will be on the West Coast this week! California fans, make plans to see this fantastic holiday show at Humphreys in San Diego (Dec. 9, 8:00 p.m.) and Spaghettini in Seal Beach (Dec. 10, 8:00 p.m.). Bradley Leighton (flute) will be the special guest in San Diego, and an all-star L.A. band will be featured in Seal Beach: Gail Jhonson (keyboards), Yarone Levy (guitars), Dwayne "Smitty" Smith (bass) and Tony Moore (drums). Check the Tour Schedule for more upcoming tour dates.
Tom to Perform with Dad at Lubbock Christmas Concert
Get your tickets TODAY for Tom Braxton's Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour at the Cactus Theater in Lubbock, Texas on Sunday, December 5, 7:30 p.m. Tom's father, James T. Braxton, will be a special guest on saxophone. Other guest performers include Devon Langford (vocals), Nick Collins (saxophone) and Guy Edwards (keyboards). Visit cactustheater.com for tickets and more information. This will be a great holiday concert! Don't miss it!
Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour in Midland
Texas fans, be sure to catch Tom Braxton's Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour in Midland on Saturday, December 4, 7:00 p.m., at St. Marks United Methodist Church. Special guests will be Pervis Evans (vocals), Olivia Lerwick (vocals), Carolyn Nelson (vocals), Corrine Dean (cello) and Lauren Curry (dancer with the Midland Festival Ballet). The concert is sponsored by Midland African American Roots Historical/Cultural Arts Council, Inc. and will support the Tom Braxton Music Scholarship and the Team Vision Soul Purpose Scholarship for 2011. Don't miss this great holiday show! Click here for more information. Tom will also be featured in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on Thursday, December 2.
Christmas Tour Begins This Week
November 23, 2010. Tom Braxton's Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour will kick off this Friday, November 26, 8:30 p.m., at Buttons in Fort Worth, Texas. The concert will feature Selinza Mitchell on vocals and Grammy-winning producer Arthur Dyer on keyboards and vocals. Don't miss this fantastic holiday performance! See the Tour Schedule for upcoming dates near you!
New Photos of Keiko Matsui Tour in Eastern Europe
"Amazing" doesn't begin to describe Tom's experiences on the Keiko Matsui Tour in Eastern Europe! This was a fantastic trip! Visit Photo Gallery 11 to see new photos of the tour in Russia, the Ukraine and Azerbaijan. Also, read all about Tom's wonderful adventures on the Blog page.
New Photos of the Smooth Jazz Europe Festival in the Netherlands
To see exciting photos from the recent Smooth Jazz Europe Festival in the Netherlands, visit Photo Gallery 10. There are great photos of the on-stage action featuring Tom, Chieli Minucci and Bob Baldwin (courtesy of Walter Goyen). You will also see tour photos of the fun in Hengelo, Amsterdam, Emmen and other cities. Check out Tom's Blog about the trip, and visit www.smoothjazz.eu for more festival photos and videos.
Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour Dates
Be sure to check Tom's Tour Schedule for all the new Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour dates. Tom and special guests will be performing in several cities in California, Nevada and Texas. Concerts will feature selections from Tom's classic Christmas CD, Comfort and Joy. Don't miss this exciting holiday show!
Tom Returns to the Netherlands for Jazz Festival
After a successful tour in the Netherlands last spring, Tom Braxton will return this month for the first Smooth Contemporary Jazz Festival presented by Smooth Jazz Europe. The event will be held on the 25th and 26th of September at the Metropool Concert Hall in Hengelo. The featured artists will be Tom Braxton, Chieli Minucci and Bob Baldwin. Concert festivities will also include an after-party and a Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch. While in the Netherlands, Tom will be a LIVE in-studio guest on Radio 6 and will perform in Amersfoort, Emmen and Almelo with several great local sidemen, including drummer Sietse Huisman. For more information, see the Tour Schedule and visit www.smoothjazz.eu.
Tom to Tour with Keiko Matsui in Eastern Europe
Tom Braxton will be joining Keiko Matsui on her tour in Eastern Europe this fall. Keiko is an internationally renowned smooth jazz keyboardist and composer, and Tom has had the pleasure of performing with her this year on The Smooth Jazz Cruise and on the West Coast. This exciting tour will include dates in Russia, Ukraine and Azerbajan. Tom is really looking forward to his first trip to Eastern Europe!
Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour 2010
Be sure to catch Tom Braxton this holiday season on his first Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour. Dates and details coming soon! The Comfort and Joy Christmas CD makes a great stocking stuffer! Get yours TODAY in the Online Store while supplies last!
Join Tom in Midland this Month
Texas fans, join Tom Braxton on Friday, September 17, for "Bringing Back Old Midland" at the Midland Country Club from 7 to 10 p.m. Tom and his band will provide the entertainment for this semi-formal event. Click here for tickets and more information. See you there!
Smooth Jazz at South Shore
Tom Braxton will be part of the all-star lineup at Smooth Jazz at South Shore on Saturday, August 28, at 7:15 p.m. in Michigan City, IN. This event is one of the premier music festivals in the Midwest and also raises funds for area charities. Make plans to join Tom for a great night of jazz on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan at Guy Foreman Amphitheater, Washington Park Shoreline. Visit www.smoothjazzatsouthshore.com for more information.
Tom at Spaghettini in Southern California
LA fans, be sure to join Tom Braxton at Spaghettini Grill & Lounge in Seal Beach, CA on Saturday, August 21, at 8:00 p.m. Don't miss the much-anticipated performance at this legendary hot spot! Visit www.spaghettini.com for more information. See you there!
Tom on The Blake Aaron Radio Show
Tom Braxton will be a LIVE "in studio" guest on The Blake Aaron Radio Show on August 19, 3 p.m., in Mission Viejo, CA. This contemporary music interview program (hosted by Blake Aaron and Tina Anderson) can be heard every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. on Jazz FM 88.5 KSBR and many other jazz stations across the country. Don't miss Tom's interview and performance! To tune in online, visit www.ksbr.org.
Tribute to Wayman Tisdale at Sambuca
Don't miss Tom Braxton at Sambuca in Atlanta, GA on Sunday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. This event is a "Tribute to Wayman Tisdale" and will also feature guitarist Michael Manson. Click here for more information and to get your tickets TODAY!
"JAM to Give" Concert Series
Texas fans, don't forget to join Tom Braxton at the "JAM to Give" FREE Summer Concert Series on Friday, July 16, 7:00 p.m., at Uptown Village in Cedar Hill, TX. The concert will benefit the Cedar Hill Food Pantry (bring non-perishable food items for donation). Click here for more information.
Tom at Thornton Winery with Keiko Matsui
Tom Braxton will perform with Keiko Matsui (internationally renowned keyboardist and composer) at Thornton Winery in Temecula, CA on Sunday, July 11, 5:00 p.m. Don't miss this Champagne Jazz Concert Series performance! Click here for more information.
Video of Tom on Sacramento Morning Show
July 9, 2010. Click video below to watch Tom Braxton today on Sacramento & Co., an ABC News 10 morning show in Sacramento, CA (hosted by Melissa Crowley).
Tom to Appear on Sacramento Morning Show
Tom Braxton will be the musical guest on ABC News 10's morning show, Sacramento & Co., on Friday, July 9, in Sacramento, CA. Tune in 9-10 a.m. to see his live performance and interview.
"An Evening with Tom Braxton" at Harlow's
California fans, don't miss Tom Braxton at Harlow's in Sacramento on Thursday, July 8, 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to get your tickets TODAY!
College Baseball Awards Show
Tom Braxton will perform the National Anthem at the 2010 College Baseball Awards Show on Friday, July 2, 6:30 p.m., at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, TX. The show will feature the Dick Howser Trophy presentation to the national player of the year. For more information, visit the College Baseball Foundation website.
4th on Broadway Celebration
Tom Braxton will perform at the 2010 4th on Broadway Celebration on Sunday, July 4, 7:00 p.m., at Mackenzie Park in Lubbock, TX. Relax under the stars and enjoy the evening concert and fireworks extravaganza. The 4th on Broadway Celebration is the largest free festival in Texas and has been providing families with great food and entertainment for 20 years. Click here for more information.
Tom to Perform with Keiko Matsui
Be sure to join Tom Braxton at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, June 20. He will be performing with Keiko Matsui (internationally renowned keyboardist and composer) for two shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. See the Tour Schedule for more information.
Interview on The Jazz Intersection
Tom Braxton was recently interviewed by James Harber on The Jazz Intersection in Hawaii. "Open Road" was also featured in their latest show. To listen to the interview and music show, visit www.thejazzintersection.org.
Capital Jazz Fest
Join Tom Braxton at the 18th Annual Capital Jazz Fest in Columbia, Maryland on Sunday, June 6, at 12 noon. This festival features live contemporary jazz and soul music on two big stages at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. Tom will perform in the Catch A Rising Star showcase with Brian Simpson, U-Nam and the Urban Jazz Coalition. Don't miss this exciting festival! Get your tickets TODAY!! For more information, visit www.capitaljazz.com.
New Single, "Open Road," to Hit Radio Airwaves
"Open Road," Tom Braxton's second single from the Endless Highway CD, is scheduled for radio release on May 31, 2010. This track was written, produced and arranged by Braxton and features Derrick Winding on guitar. Smooth Jazz Therapy calls the single "intoxicating" and declares, "this mid tempo smoker is destined to become one of the standout smooth jazz tunes of the year." So, keep your ears tuned to your local smooth jazz stations. Be sure to let them know how much you like the new single!
New Twitter Page
Fans can now join Tom Braxton on Twitter at twitter.com/tombraxton. Be sure to stop by and become a "follower" TODAY!
Dallas Jazz Series to Feature Tom Braxton, Marc Antoine and Brian Simpson
The Jazz Series 2010 at the Bishop Arts Theater Center in Dallas, TX (hosted by Cameron Smith) will feature Tom Braxton, Marc Antoine and Brian Simpson on Saturday, May 8, 2010. There will be two shows at 7:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit www.jazz.alwe.com. Don't miss this exciting event!!
Denton Arts & Jazz Festival
Be sure to join Tom Braxton at the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival in Denton, TX on Saturday, April 24, 2010. This FREE festival takes place in the heart of the city in beautiful Quakertown Park and showcases great music and fine arts. Tom will be performing at 7:00 p.m. on the Jazz Stage (opening for Jimmy Vaughn). For more information, visit www.dentonjazzfest.com.
Saxophonist Tom Braxton’s Groundbreaking First European Tour as Ambassador of Smooth Jazz
Dallas, TX (April 20, 2010). Jazz saxophonist and composer, Tom Braxton, recently made his first European appearance on a tour in the Netherlands, which kicked off on March 31st and wrapped up on April 4th. Smooth Jazz Europe organized and sponsored the groundbreaking tour that featured Braxton in concert in five different cities highlighting the music from his current CD release, Endless Highway, on the Pacific Coast Jazz label. "It was fantastic to have a great sax player like Tom Braxton come to the Netherlands," explained tour organizer, Inge Wenzel. "His performances were very important in helping us to promote and introduce the smooth style of jazz to Europe. Concerts in this style rarely happen in the Netherlands. Usually we have to fly thousands of miles to see these types of shows. This tour moves us one step closer to bringing Smooth Jazz to the people of Europe and that’s our goal!" Full Press Release >>
New Photos and Videos of the Netherlands Tour
To see exciting new photos of Tom Braxton's recent tour in the Netherlands, visit Photo Gallery 9. There are lots of great photos of the fun on stage and around town. Also visit the Media page to check out video highlights of Tom's club performances and a LIVE "on-air" radio station performance.
Main Street Arts Festival
Don't forget to join Tom Braxton at the Main Street Arts Festival in Fort Worth, TX on Thursday, April 8, 2010. This annual festival is FREE and showcases nationally recognized fine art, savory food and great music on the streets of downtown Fort Worth. Tom will be performing at 7:00 p.m. on the Sundance Square Stage (opening for Kirk Whalum). For more information, visit mainstreetartsfest.org.
Tom Braxton to Tour in the Netherlands
Smooth Jazz Europe has announced that Tom Braxton will make his first European appearance on a jazz club tour in the Netherlands later this month. He will be performing in Amersfoort, Leeuwarden, Oosterwolde, Emmen and Groningen with several great sidemen from the Netherlands, including drummer Sietse Huisman. The tour will kick off on March 31 and last through April 4. These are the first concerts to be organized by Smooth Jazz Europe. For more information, visit the tour page at www.smoothjazz.eu.
New Videos of NBA All-Star Event
Visit the Media page to check out new videos of Tom Braxton performing "That Wayman Smile!" and "Endless Highway" at an NBA All-Star Event on Feb. 13. The event took place at the NYLO Hotel in Irving, TX and was part of the United We Cure Tour presented by PRVCY Premium and Strut America.
Videos and Photos of Tom Braxton and Toby Keith at OU-Texas Game
Visit the Media page to see the video of Tom Braxton with Toby Keith performing "Cryin' For Me ("Wayman's Song)" at the OU-Texas halftime tribute to Wayman Tisdale on Saturday, February 6. Also check out the video of Tom performing the National Anthem prior to tip-off on ESPN. Visit Photo Gallery 3 and the Blog page to see photos and read Tom's blog about this exciting day.
Tom Braxton to Perform with Toby Keith at OU-Texas Game Honoring Wayman Tisdale
On Saturday, February 6, Tom Braxton will perform with country music star Toby Keith at the University of Oklahoma's tribute to Wayman Tisdale during halftime of the Oklahoma vs. Texas NCAA men's basketball game. Tom and his band will join Toby in performing "Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)." The song was written by Toby in memory of Wayman, the Oklahoma Sooner's all-time leading scorer and rebounder and a successful contemporary jazz bassist, who passed away last May from cancer at the age of 44. Tom will also play the National Anthem and perform during the Pre-Game Show. The game starts at 3:00 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, OK and will be televised on ESPN (check your TV listings). For tickets and more information, click here.
Tom Braxton to Play National Anthem at NCAA Basketball Game
Tom Braxton will play the National Anthem at the Oklahoma vs. Texas NCAA men's basketball game on Saturday, February 6, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, OK. The game starts at 3:00 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN (check your TV listings). Tom will also perform during the Pre-Game Show at 1:30 p.m. The University of Oklahoma will be remembering Sooner legend Wayman Tisdale during the game. For tickets and more information, click here.
Endless Highway on Capital Jazz Radio's 2009 Top 10 List
Tom Braxton's Endless Highway is #6 on Capital Jazz Radio's TOP 10 "JAZZ ALBUMS THAT ROCK" OF 2009 list. Tracks from all the Top 10 albums will be featured this month on Capital Jazz Radio, along with the station's usual mix of up-tempo contemporary jazz and instrumental funk. To view the complete list or tune in, visit www.capitaljazz.com/radio.
Endless Highway CD Review ~ All About Jazz
By Jerry D'Souza. Saxophonist Tom Braxton's music has been called "smooth jazz," which is somewhat unfortunate. Yes, he is a smooth jazz artist, but he also has the foresight to assimilate soul, funk and R&B into his compositions. In melding these forms he adds snap, crackle and drive, making the journey on his Endless Highway a highly enjoyable experience. Full Review >>
JazzReview.com Calls Tom Braxton "A Beacon of Light"
Susan Frances recently interviewed Tom Braxton for JazzReview.com. She writes, "Smooth jazz saxophonist Tom Braxton would be the last person on earth to describe himself as a beacon of light, but anyone who listened to his latest CD, Endless Highway, would give him the title without debate." Tom discusses his inspiration for Endless Highway, creating positive new music, the recording and production process and much more. Read Interview >>
Café Jazz Radio to Showcase Endless Highway
Café Jazz Radio will showcase Tom Braxton's Endless Highway CD on its Nov. 22 Edition with the spotlight on three tracks: "Soul Purpose," "The Journey" and "Endless Highway." The program will air on 21 affiliate stations across the globe. Click here to listen "ON DEMAND" on the Café Jazz website. To read the feature article, click here.
Comfort and Joy Christmas CD
As the holiday season approaches, be sure to get your copy of Tom Braxton's Christmas CD, Comfort and Joy. Share the jazzy sounds of Christmas with all of your friends and family. This disc makes an excellent holiday gift! Order yours today from the Online Store.
Endless Highway CD Review ~ JazzTimes
By Susan Frances. "Saxophonist Tom Braxton shows a fondness for blending R&B/soul grooves with smooth jazz ruminations on his latest recording Endless Highway from Pacific Coast Jazz Records. The album draws attention to Braxton’s mellifluous tonality and easy flowing narrations as he displays multiple tiers to his talent as a composer, producer and arranger in addition to playing the piano, keyboards and flute on the recording. When Braxton puts himself into his music he does so with everything he has. His jovial mood in the tracks pumps positive vibes into the listener’s ears and puts one in a very bright state of being . . . Endless Highway radiates happiness in every track." Full Review >>
Don't forget to join Tom Braxton for his CD Release Party at The Cellar in Long Beach, CA on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. This event is part of The ONE SOUL Jazz Series Hosted by U-Nam. Visit www.thecellarlbc.com for details. Also, check out the Tour Schedule for more upcoming performances and CD celebrations.
Tom Braxton to Perform at 94.7 The Wave Event in Los Angeles
West Coast fans, don't miss Tom Braxton's CD Release Party at the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens in Los Angeles. This event, "94.7 The Wave's Live Jazz Thursdays," will be held on Nov. 12 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The excitement is mounting for Tom's LA performance! Make plans to be there! For more information, visit www.974thewave.com.
"Thank You" to Brooke Kasper Photography
We'd like everyone to note that all of the Tom Braxton photos in the Nov. 2009 issue of Smooth Jazz News magazine (cover and feature story) were taken by Brooke Kasper. You can check out more of this great photographer's work at www.brookekasper.com. Thanks, Brooke!
Endless Highway on Billboard Chart
November 7, 2009. Tom Braxton's new CD, Endless Highway, is #21 this week on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Album Chart. The CD and new single, "That Wayman Smile," are also making waves on numerous jazz charts, including SmoothJazz.com, Smooth Jazz Now and Groove Jazz Music.
Tom Braxton on the Cover of Smooth Jazz News
Congratulations to Tom Braxton for making the cover of the November issue of Smooth Jazz News magazine! The feature article, written by Brian Soergel, highlights Tom's music career; his latest CD, Endless Highway; and the new single, "That Wayman Smile!" (a tribute to friend and mentor Wayman Tisdale). Click here to read excerpts of the cover story on the Smooth Jazz News website, www.smoothjazznews.com.
"Soul Purpose" on Café Jazz Radio
Café Jazz Radio is featuring Tom Braxton's "Soul Purpose" on the Fresh Trax segment of its Nov. 1 Edition (Hour #2). This track is from Tom's latest CD, Endless Highway. The program will air on 21 affiliate stations across the globe. Click here to listen "ON DEMAND" on the Café Jazz website. To read the feature article, click here.
Toby Keith Tribute to Wayman Tisdale
On Monday, November 2, at 6 a.m. CST, Country Music Television (CMT) will present the Exclusive World Premiere of Toby Keith's new music video, "Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)," from his latest CD, American Ride. The song was written for bassist and basketball star Wayman Tisdale, Toby's longtime friend and musical collaborator. This tribute links the worlds of Country Music, Jazz and NBA Basketball. "Our hearts are still heavy," says Tom Braxton, Tisdale's saxophonist for 17 years. "We all really miss our friend, Wayman. This is a great tribute by Toby." See the video right here on Tom Braxton's website.
Endless Highway CD Review ~ Smooth Jazz Therapy
By Denis Poole. "With an outstanding array of instrumentalists and vocalists in support, Braxton uses the ten superb tracks of 'Endless Highway' to take the listener on a groove-oriented excursion that, consistent with the best of the genre’s current offerings, shimmers with a delightful urban sophistication . . . The CD is another significant step on Tom Braxton's 'endless highway' and comes highly recommended." Full Review >>
Tom Braxton to Appear on KDAF-TV's "DFW Close Up" Show
Don't miss Tom Braxton on KDAF-TV (The 33 CW) in Dallas, TX this Sunday morning, November 1, at 7:00 a.m. on the DFW Close Up show. He will perform and discuss the upcoming Home Grown Concert/CD Release Party to be held at Lakewood Theater on Thursday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will benefit the Dallas Furniture Bank and will also feature Richmond Punch and The GRITZ. For ticket information, visit the Dallas Furniture Bank Website.
More Photos from Breast Cancer Benefit
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, be sure to check out Photo Gallery 3 for more photos from the Breast Cancer Benefit at Swabbies on the River in Sacramento, CA. Also, click here to read Tom's blog about the event.
California Tour in November
So many fans have asked when Tom Braxton was returning to California. Well, there are some great CD release celebrations lined up next month in Los Angeles, Stockton and Long Beach. He will be at the Kyoto Grand Hotel in Los Angeles on November 12 (94.7 The Wave's Live Jazz Thursdays), Le Bistro Jazz Club in Stockton on November 14 and The Cellar in Long Beach on November 15 (The ONE SOUL Jazz Series ~ Hosted by U-Nam). Be sure to check the Tour Schedule for all the details!
CD Release Party in Dallas
Don't miss Tom Braxton's CD Release Party at the Lakewood Theater in Dallas, TX on Thursday, November 5, 7:30 p.m. This "Home Grown Concert" will benefit the Dallas Furniture Bank and will also feature Richmond Punch and The GRITZ. Get your tickets today to help out the furniture bank and enjoy a night of great music! More Info >>
Smooth Jazz Fall Festival
Be sure to catch Tom Braxton and Brian Simpson at the Smooth Jazz Fall Festival in Davenport, Iowa this Saturday, October 24. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. at The Redstone Room. Get your tickets today! More Info >>
Tom Braxton to Perform at Wayman Tisdale's Induction Into Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
On Wednesday, October 21, Tom Braxton will perform at the Jazz Depot in Tulsa, OK in honor of Wayman Tisdale's induction into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. This is the Jazz Hall's 21st Annual Induction Gala, which is a fundraiser to assist in educational programming. For more information on the black-tie event, visit www.okjazz.org.
Tom Braxton to Be Featured on Daystar
Friday, October 16, Tom Braxton will be featured on the Daystar Television Network's "Celebration" show, performing some of his music. Be sure to tune in! Check your local listings for stations and times. (Tom is a regular member of the Daystar horn section.) www.daystar.com/celebration
49th Annual Texas Jazz Festival
Don't miss Tom Braxton at the 49th Annual Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi, TX on Saturday, October 17, 9:30 p.m. This is one of Tom's favorite events, and he is looking forward to seeing all the Corpus fans again! For more information, visit www.texasjazz-fest.org. See you at Heritage Park!
WINR to Play Entire Endless Highway CD
WINR Smooth Jazz Internet Radio will play Tom Braxton's entire CD, Endless Highway, on the dates and times listed below. The features will include on-air commentary by Tom. To listen, visit www.smoothjazz4u.com.
Tune in on:
Sun., 10/18, 3:00 p.m. CDT
Mon., 10/19, 5:00 a.m. CDT (esp. for UK Fans)
Tue., 10/20, 3:00 p.m. CDT & 9:00 p.m. CDT
Wed., 10/21, 7:00 p.m. CDT
Thu., 10/22, 9:00 a.m. CDT & 8:00 p.m. CDT
Fri., 10/23, 3:00 p.m. CDT
Sat., 10/24, 5:00 a.m. CDT (esp. for UK Fans)
WINR to Host On-Air CD Release Party
WINR Smooth Jazz Internet Radio will host an On-Air CD Release Party for Tom Braxton's Endless Highway TODAY, October 6, at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. CDT. They will play the entire CD and also feature Tom on the air discussing the making of his new disc. Be sure to tune in! Visit www.smoothjazz4u.com.
CD Review ~ SmoothJazz.com Calls Endless Highway a "Must-Have" Album
By Scott O'Brien. "It's the fifth solo release from one of the most respected and loved sax men in Smooth Jazz, and it's absolutely his best album to date! Tom Braxton is a treasure, both as a musician and as a human being . . . ENDLESS HIGHWAY is filled with that 'sweet sound' and positive energy we've come to expect from this incredibly talented composer, producer, and musician. It's an absolute delight, from first note to last . . . This is a must-have album for your Smooth Jazz collection." Full Review >>
Tom Braxton ~ WINR Artist of the Month
WINR Smooth Jazz Internet Radio has chosen Tom Braxton as October Artist of the Month. To view his feature and listen to all the latest smooth jazz hits, visit www.smoothjazz4u.com. In celebration of the release of Endless Highway, WINR will play the entire CD on Tuesday, October 6. Be sure to tune in!
Endless Highway CD Review ~ The Smooth Jazz Ride
By Ronald Jackson. "Endless Highway . . . is packed with superior sax work that epitomizes the very essence and spirit of smooth jazz. Braxton has an affinity for the whole spectrum of jazz . . . some of the silky runs, scale work, and feel often found in the world of straight-ahead jazz artists while keeping that smooth bounce prominently displayed. Tom Braxton . . . clearly is a student of the 'fine china' of good jazz, and it's on full display here." Full Review >>
Endless Highway CD Review ~ Midwest Record
By Chris Spector. "Smooth jazz with bite from the vet sax man, this set kicks off in high gear, not worrying about fitting the format and is about as far from wall paper as you can get . . . this is an enjoyable winner that was made as a great soundtrack for cruising with the top down, even if only in your own headphones. An enjoyable ride no matter how you take it, this is certainly a must to check out." Full Review >>
New Single, "That Wayman Smile," Hits the Radio Airwaves
The first single, "That Wayman Smile," from Tom Braxton's latest release, Endless Highway, has hit radio airwaves across the country this week! This joyful, toe-tapping tune is a tribute to Tom's great friend, bass guitarist and professional basketball player, Wayman Tisdale. The track, written by Braxton and Jay Rowe, features bassist Braylon Lacy. Tom reflects, "Braylon succeeded in keeping the spirit of the 'big guy' alive who will be missed by all!" So, keep your ears tuned to your local smooth jazz stations. Be sure to let them know how much you like the new single!
Breast Cancer Benefit ~ Sacramento, CA
On Friday, October 2, Tom Braxton will perform at C.A.R.E. on the River in Sacramento, CA, benefiting the Save Ourselves Breast Cancer Resource Center. The concert will be held at Swabbies on the River at 6:00 p.m. and will highlight Tom's new CD, Endless Highway. For ticket information, visit www.save-ourselves.org.
Tom Braxton Releases Highly Anticipated Endless Highway CD
SV Media Relations ~ September 16, 2009. Saxophonist and composer Tom Braxton's latest release, Endless Highway, takes you on the ride of your life. Joined by an outstanding array of instrumentalists and vocalists, this recording is a toe-tapping, colorful, groove-oriented excursion with a sophisticated urban flavor that will make you feel like dancing and singing all day long. Endless Highway, his second release on the San Diego-based Pacific Coast Jazz label, lifts Braxton to a new level of artistry as he pays homage to his friend and mentor, professional basketball player and bass guitarist, Wayman Tisdale, who recently lost his battle with cancer. The highly anticipated new recording is scheduled for national release on October 6, 2009. Full Press Release >>
New CD Release ~ Endless Highway
Tom Braxton's latest CD, "Endless Highway," is scheduled for national release on October 6 on the Pacific Coast Jazz label. This disc is bursting with exhilarating grooves and sizzling hot horn arrangements that will fill you with a sense of joy and leave you spellbound. Pre-order your copy TODAY from Amazon.com! To listen to audio clips, be sure to visit Tom's Music page.
Tom Braxton in Dirt Road Promises Magazine
Tom Braxton is featured in the September issue of Dirt Road Promises, an online Christian lifestyle magazine. This issue is a special jazz edition highlighting several artists such as Tom Braxton and Kirk Whalum. To view the magazine, visit www.dirtroadpromises.com.
For San Antonio Fans
Tom Braxton will perform at the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival in San Antonio, TX on Friday, July 31, 8:00 p.m. See you there! More Info >>
For Atlanta Fans
Don't forget to catch Tom Braxton at Sambuca's in Atlanta on Sunday, July 19. See flyer for details.
Tom will share the stage with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, on Friday, June 12. He will be part of the horn section at her concert in Thackerville, OK, at the WinStar World Casino, 9:00 p.m. For more information,
Bassist/Basketball Star Wayman Tisdale Dies at Age 44 ~ SmoothJazz.com
May 15, 2009 ~ by Sandy Shore. The largest spirit in Smooth Jazz belonged to Wayman Tisdale, the 6'9", 12-year NBA veteran turned jazz bassist who took the format by storm with his music, his groove and even his own annual music cruise. We lost this great man on May 15th, due to "complications of cancer." Full Article >>
JT's CLASSICS on Sale Now
If you are a fan of classic jazz and would like the opportunity to hear Tom and his dad play together, JT's CLASSICS is a great CD to buy! Tom and his dad, James ("JT") Braxton, have collaborated on some of JT's favorite standards. They have a "swinging" good time, backed up by the stellar rhythm section of Arlington Jones, Braylon Lacy, and Sean McCurley. This CD would be a great addition to your music library. Visit the Online Store to get your copy TODAY!
New CD Coming Soon
Tom is currently working on a new CD to be released in 2009. Stay tuned for more details!
For East Coast Fans
Tom is very excited about seeing his East Coast fans in several upcoming performances with Wayman Tisdale. Be sure to check the Tour Schedule for all the April dates!
Braxton and Dad to Perform at Wiley College
Wiley College, famous for its 1935 debate team featured in the movie THE GREAT DEBATERS, will hold its 136th Founders Celebration this month. Tom Braxton and his dad, James ("J.T.") Braxton, will perform at the Purple and White Reunion on Friday, March 13, 11:30 a.m., at the Alumni Gymnasium. Tom's parents, J.T. and Bernice, are alumni of this historic college located in Marshall, Texas. More Info >>
Lubbock Turns 100
Tom Braxton's hometown, Lubbock (Texas), is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2009. Tom will perform at the Lubbock Legends Concert as part of the Lubbock Centennial Closing Ceremony. The concert will be held at the United Spirit Arena on Saturday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. More Info >>
Benefit Concert for ALS
Tom Braxton will be performing at a benefit concert presented by Crosswinds Jazz Band to increase awareness of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and to raise money for the family of band leader Brian Bass whose wife is affected by the disease. The concert will be held Saturday, January 31, 7:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Carrollton, Texas. More Info >>