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Brandon Goldberg – piano, compositions, arrangements
Ben Wolfe – bass
Donald Edwards – drums
with special guest
Marcus Strickland – tenor saxophone
When Brandon plays the piano people become delighted with his music, not just Jazz appreciators but people, folks. He is a people's champion... Along with all of the cleverness, the sophistication and the tasteful choices, this young man is swinging—swinging hard...Brandon is as affecting as any other new artists appearing on the scene today. I am a fan."
– Monty Alexander Pianist/Composer
Brandon Goldberg, now 14 years old, began to play piano by ear when he was three years old. He started with classical lessons at age five, but quickly found his passion for jazz and learned about the music and its history by listening to his favorite artists including Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, just to name a few.
Brandon recently released his debut album, “LET’S PLAY!” to rave reviews garnering four stars from Downbeat Magazine and reaching number seven on the Jazz Week charts. “LET’S PLAY!” features veteran musicians Ben Wolfe on bass, Donald Edwards on drums and special guest Marcus Strickland on tenor saxophone. The album has three original compositions and six standards and is inspired by pianists Brandon considers his heroes -Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock. “LET’S PLAY!” is imbued with pure love and joy for the tradition of jazz music.
Most recently, Brandon performed at the 2019 Newport Jazz Festival. He has also played at the Litchfield Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Club, Bravo Niagara Festival of the Arts, The Apollo Theater, Blue Note in New York, WDNA Radio, WDNA Miami Downtown Jazz Festival and the FAENA Summer Jazz Series. Brandon has been a featured performer with The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) and the Jazz Roots series. Brandon has also performed at TEDxCoconutGrove, TEDxBocaRaton and TEDxYouth@Miami. He’s also appeared on the Harry Connick Jr. Show, NBC’s Little Big Shots and the Steve Harvey Show.
"his jazz IQ is phenomenal and the prodigy seemingly has become prodigious."
"He understands the basics and nuances of making jazz – and swings like mad in the great company of his trio mates"
-- Ken Franckling