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Brandon awarded Downbeat Student music Awards for Jazz Soloist and Original Composition

Brandon Goldberg was awarded multiple awards in the 2019 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards Jazz Soloist: Junior High School WinnersBrandon GoldbergPianoPine Crest SchoolFort Lauderdale, FL Original Composition: Small EnsembleBrandon Goldberg, "McCoy"Pine Crest SchoolFort Lauderdale, FL

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CDs of Note: Brandon Goldberg, Let’s Play!

From Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes: Pianist Brandon Goldberg’s debut recording is quite something: a blend of his own distinct arrangements of six standards plus three original compositions. He understands the basics and nuances of making jazz – and swings like mad in the great company of his trio mates, bassist Ben Wolfe and drummer Donald Edwards. Tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland joins them on two tunes, the Monkish original “You Mean Me” and Herbie Hancock’s “Dolphin Dance.” Goldberg's twisting and turning reinterpretation of Lennon and McCartney’s…

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New Music Monday: The Last Poets, Mark Guiliana, Brandon Goldberg & More

Brandon Goldberg started studying piano when he was three and although he is only 13-years-old, he now plays it with the sensitivity of a true seasoned veteran. His debut album, Let’s Play (out April 12), finds him backed by bassist Ben Wolfe and drummer Doland Edwards, with special guest spots from saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and announces him as a force on the instrument through a mix of original compositions – including a heartfelt tribute to one of his heroes, McCoy Tyner – and his own arrangements of…

Read More Review: ‘Let’s Play!’ Brandon Goldberg

Brandon Goldberg is only 13 years old, but he's already showing that age is no barrier to entry when it comes to jazz. The pianist has just released his debut album, featuring both originals and his arrangements of some classic standards. Don't miss this kid! After hearing Joey Alexander make waves a few years ago, another young pianist is on the rise. His name is Brandon Goldberg, and he's based in Florida. The young musician is about to release his first ever studio album Let's Play! - recorded with Marcus Strickland on…

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HotHouse Jazz: Brandon Goldberg

Fresh Takes By Nick Dunston Though still an adolescent, pianist Brandon Goldberg is making strides beyond his years. Getting ready to release his debut record, Let’s Play!, Brandon has put a substantial amount of thought into his music, for someone of any age. The album features bassist Ben Wolfe, drummer Donald Edwards and saxophonist Marcus Strickland, but Brandon is not just hiring big names—he is focusing on band chemistry. “I am so happy to have these incredible musicians on my debut album,” he says. “I really feel like…

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Generation Z: Interview with Brandon Goldberg

He plays piano with utmost passion and excitement, and his smile is contagious to anyone who catches it.  Brandon Goldberg (MGBH), an 11-year-old Floridian, a gifted jazz piano player, has conquered the hearts of many, including mine.  Will he win yours, too? PPM: Please, tell us about your participation in the TEDx. Did you have to practice your speech a lot? Did you have help writing it or did you do it yourself?BG: My mom made me write the speech by myself. She said, “Just tell your story.”  So, I…

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Berkshire Style: Brandon Goldberg, Youngest star of the Litchfield Jazz Festival

For the first time in 22 years, Vita Muir, executive and artistic director of the Litchfield Jazz Festival, is breaking her own rule. “I have never put one of the young people from the Jazz Camp on the main stage with the orchestra,” she said.  But the prodigious talents of 11-year-old pianist Brandon Goldberg of Miami and his complete lack of nerves when performing, has persuaded Muir to change the rules for once. “I have decided to put him onstage in a controlled situation with…

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Honoring Art Blakey’s multi-faceted jazz legacy

From Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes: In an afternoon concert at East Naples United Methodist Church, trumpeter Miller and tenor saxophonist Del Gatto joined forces with bassist Richard Drexler, drummer Marty Morell and pianist Brandon Goldberg, a 12-year-old from the Miami area whose musical savvy will make your jaw drop. They performed seven classics from the Jazz Messengers repertoire: Golson's "Blues March" and "Are You Real," Kenny Dorham's "Prince Albert," Bobby Timmons' "Moanin'," Gigi Gryce's "Minority," Silver's "Nica's Dream" and Shorter's "Lester Left Town." Goldberg was spotlighted…

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The Jazz Cruise featured many musical treats – and a tricentenary visit

From Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes: A week before his12th birthday, Miami-area pianist Brandon Goldberg was invited to sit in for a song or two with bassist Marcus Miller's band, Trio Da Paz, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and pianist Monty Alexander, among others. In that first appearance with Miller, Goldberg played solo and four-handed piano with the band's regular keyboard player, Brett Williams. The crowds dug each such appearance by the talented young player. Read the entire article

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Musical Prodigy makes Canadian debut in Niagara

An American piano prodigy is making his Canadian debut tonight in Niagara-On-The-Lake. Brandon Goldberg isn’t your typical 12-year-old boy. He began playing piano, by ear, when he was just three. His passion is jazz music. His influences include musicians like Oscar Peterson, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. He says it’s hard to pick a favourite. From Miami, Florida, Brandon is making his Canadian debut in Niagara. Brandon says he loves to perform for his audience but gets a thrill out of composing his own music.…

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