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Anthony Braxton

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Birthday
4, 1945
Birthplace
Chicago, IL
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
4, 1945 (age 73)
Birthplace
Chicago, IL

About

Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant in 1994. He was also honored as a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master.

Before Fame

He studied philosophy at Roosevelt University. He was in a trio with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and violinist Leroy Jenkins.

Trivia

He mastered the E-flat, B-flat, and contrabass clarinets; the flute; and the sopranino, soprano, C-melody, F mezzo-soprano, E-flat alto, baritone, bass, and contrabass saxophones. He recorded more than 100 albums.

Family Life

He fathered two children, one of whom, Tyondai Braxton, became a professional musician and played with math rock band Battles.

Associated With

He was in the Circle quartet with Dave Holland.