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JazzTimes: Piano Boy — Wunderkind BRANDON GOLDBERG is taking on Monk and Ellington at 13

His star clearly on the ascent, Goldberg, now 13, has released his debut album, Let’s Play! (Brandon Goldberg Music). It’s a trio recording of standards and Goldberg originals that also features bassist Ben Wolfe and drummer Donald Edwards, with saxophonist Marcus Strickland guesting on two tracks. Let’s Play! introduces the listener to a gifted pianist and composer, a sensitive interpreter, and an inventive improviser who is deeply immersed in jazz. It’s an impressive achievement by any standard, made doubly striking by the fact that Goldberg was 12 when he recorded it.

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Downbeat: Accolades and Leader Debuts

The past is prologue when it comes to precocious, teenaged pianist Brandon Goldberg, who during the past two years has taken top honors in several DownBeat Student Music Awards categories. A development perhaps surpassing these accomplishments is the release of his debut album, Let’s Play (Self Release; 44:51). “McCoy”—Goldberg’s work that won the Original Composition–Small […]

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RINGER OF THE WEEK****Brandon Goldberg: Let’s Play

It’s both inspiring and intimidating to hear about adolescent childhood jazz prodigies. I’ve seen Joey Alexander, Emily Bear and Eldar Djangarov before they learned how to drive, and was impressed by their techniques and style. Here is a guy barely past his Bar Mitzvah, and he’s got not only the chops, but an inspiring sense […]

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In a Blue Mood: Brandon Goldberg “Let’s Play!”

Joey Alexander isn’t the only precocious young pianist to emerge in recent years. 12 years old when Brandon Goldberg recorded this album, he has been raising eyebrows with his considerable piano skills. His teachers include Shelly Berg, Avery Shape, and Matt Wilson, and he has been mentored by Monty Alexander. Alexander is quoted in this […]

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JAZZIZ: Jazz Chart Update: Week of June 17

Pianist Brandon Goldberg — a fresh new face in the literal and figurative sense — made a nice push into the Top 10 with his new album Let’s Play, on which the abundantly skilled young keyboardist showcases his ample dexterity and wise-beyond-his-years sound in the company of saxophonist Marcus Strickland, bassist Ben Wolfe and drummer Donald […]

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All About Jazz: Brandon Goldberg ‘Let’s Play!’

Brandon Goldberg’s debut album offers proof positive that Joey Alexander is not the only piano prodigy working in the contemporary jazz field today. But the young man with his name at the top of the bill here no more needs to flaunt his instrumental technique than his composing chops: a preponderance of standards like Duke Ellington’s “In A […]

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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 Winners Brandon Goldberg Piano Pine Crest School Fort Lauderdale, FL Original Composition: Small Ensemble Brandon Goldberg, "McCoy" Pine Crest School Fort 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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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