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Don Braden’s EARTH WIND & WONDER in SOPAC Jazz in the Loft
March 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm EDT
As a young man growing up in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1970s, Don Braden discovered the music of both Earth, Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder. It immediately captured his heart, mind, and soul. The esteemed saxophonist explains that “the messages within their music built around core themes such as strength, love, and joy, are imbued with African American spirit, and yet embody a wide variety of human emotions and experience. They are delivered with power, artistry, and elegance via memorable and singable melodies, rich harmonies, compelling lyrics, infectious grooves, outstanding arrangements, and superb performances.” While Braden’s career grew in the direction of straight-ahead Jazz, he continued to listen to and study the music of his early musical heroes. His show “Earth Wind and Wonder” is Braden’s tribute to these beloved, influential Jazz artists.