jaimie branch, trumpeter and free-jazz composer, dies at 39

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jamie branch, the avant-garde jazz composer and trumpeter from New York via Chicago, has died. The International Anthem label announced the news on Twitter, writing, “At 9:21 p.m. on Monday August 22, songwriter and trumpeter jaimie branch died at her home in Red Hook, Brooklyn. His family, friends and community are heartbroken. She was 39 years old.

Born in Huntington, Long Island and raised in Wilmette, Illinois, Branch began playing the trumpet at the age of nine. After earning her undergraduate degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied under John McNeil, Joe Morris and Steve Lacy, Branch returned to Chicago and began performing with artists such as Keefe Jackson. , Jason Ajemian and Tim Daisy. . She spent two years at Towson University in Baltimore before moving to New York in 2015, releasing her first solo album, Fly or die, in 2017. Two years later, she continues with Fly or Die II: Bird Dogs of Paradise and collaborated with flautist Anne La Berge and violist Ig Henneman on the album Dropping Stuff and other folk songs. Another one fly or die registration, FLY or DIE LIVEarrived in 2021.

Earlier this year, branch project with drummer Jason Nazary, Anteloper, released a new album titled pink dolphins. She also contributed to Eli Winter’s debut album, released last week. In addition to her work as a solo artist, Brach has appeared alongside indie rock bands including TV on the Radio, Spoon, Belle Orchester, Local H and Atlas Moth.

“jaimie was a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and teacher; she has touched countless people with her music and spirit, both of which are fearless, truthful and beautiful, and will forever live on in hearts and ears,” the international anthem statement continued. “Jaimie’s family not only asks for your thoughts and prayers, but also for your action. Show your love and support to your family, friends and anyone in need, just like jaimie did for all of us.

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