Student Spotlight - Eliza

Eliza has been a regular student of mine since 2005 and is going off to college this fall.  Over the years she’s become an incredibly talented songwriter, and will be recording a full-length solo album this June!  I’m going to miss her!

Student Spotlight - Cynthia

Cynthia started taking lessons in 2004 – nowadays she’s performing as a guitarist and a singer, and writes amazing songs.  Here’s a clips video we put together of her band, Betty Reds, featuring yours truly on lead guitar!

Student Spotlight - Elle

Twice a year I do a recital for my younger students, usually at one of the parents’ homes.  Here’s Elle, a student of mine since 2006, doing New Slang by the Shins with me at one of our recent concerts.  She sings, strums, and plays the solo!

Student Spotlight - Maple Street

Guitarist Jamie Mace studied from 2005 – 2013 and singer/rhythm guitarist Matteo Heilbrun took lessons from 2009 – 2013.  Their rock band, Maple Street, is really great!  Check ’em out!

Braden w/ The Alternatives

I was a teenager growing up in Seattle in the 90’s and these are the songs that got me through highschool.  This is a clips video I did at a gig with The Alternatives, my 90’s rock cover band that features me on guitar and lead vocals.

Braden Solo

In May of 2012, I released an album of rock originals entitled As I Look Into The Mirror.  This is a solo acoustic version of one of the songs from the album.  Please visit my Bandcamp site and download it!

More Braden Solo

And from the same gig in the previous video, here I am doing a classic Weezer tune.

Overcast

Improvising with Jazz/Rock hybrid Overcast.  The sound quality isn’t the best, but I always loved this guitar solo, starting at 1:55.

Double Down

Myself, singer John Kozan, and saxophonist Kyle Schweizer started this band in 2004 after we started playing together in Dem Brooklyn Bums. We play clubs, bars, weddings, and private parties, and released our third album, Make Your Move in June of 2014.  It’s a mix of original rockin’ swing music and creative arrangements of popular songs.  Here’s a clip of us doing our arrangement of a Billy Idol song.  Click here to visit our website.

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I'll Take You Dreaming w/Chrissy Flemming

I met Chrissy back in 2008 when Double Down played at her wedding.  I was honored to play guitar and ukulele on her debut album, I’ll Take You Dreaming.  It’s a songbook full of her favorite lullabies.  This track is the song Smile, made famous by Charlie Chaplin.

Other notable accomplishments:

– Mandolinist/guitarist for Italian Bred staring Candice Guardino, coming back to off-broadway in Fall 2014

– Guitarist for Burlesque To Broadway – tour and CD credit

– Worked with Vincent Pastore (Sopranos, Bullets over Broadway), Daniel Glass (drummer for Royal Crown Revue and Brian Setzer), Charlie Lagond (Buddy Rich, Jackson Five, Kid Creole and the Coconuts), and Harry Whitaker (Roberta Flack, Roy Ayers), just to name a few

– Played guitar and other instruments on theatrical productions of Tommy, Bare, and All Shook Up (Pace University), All Fall Down (NYMF), RENT (St. John’s University), The Green Manifesto and Ripcords (Fringe Festival)

– BFA in Jazz and Contemporary Studies from New School University