Jaimie Branch, a popular trumpet player, died Monday night at age 39. Branch’s record label, International Anthem, confirmed the news to The FADER and sent along a statement that was written with her family. No reason was given for the death.
The statement says that trumpeter and composer Jaimie Branch died at her home in Red Hook, Brooklyn, at 9:21 p.m. on Monday, August 22. Her family, friends, and the people around her are all very sad. Jaimie was a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, and teacher. Her music and spirit, which are both brave, honest, and beautiful, touched a lot of people and will live on in their hearts and ears forever.
The family of Jaimie wants you to do more than just think and pray for them. Just like Jaimie did for all of us, love and help your family, friends, and anyone else who might need it.
All About Jaimie Branch!
Jaimie Branch was a musician and artist from Brooklyn who works in the areas of improvisation and composition. Through her music, her main goal is to push the technical limits of the trumpet and the musical language of free jazz and improvised music.
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Before she moved to Brooklyn in 2015, she was an active member of the creative music scenes in Chicago and Baltimore as a performer, presenter, and recording engineer.
Branch was a great musician who brought a punk-rock style to the free-jazz genre and fought hard for racial and gender equality throughout her career. She was born on Long Island in June 1983. Her grandmother helped her grow up and was her first musical partner. When she was seven, her grandmother died. When she was nine, her family moved to Chicago.
She was a trumpet prodigy right away. After she graduated from the New England Conservatory in 2005, she moved back to Chicago and joined the experimental music scene there.
She worked with Nicole Mitchell, Matana Roberts, Ken Vandermark, Tomeka Reid, Tim Daisy, Anton Hatwich, Frank Rosaly, Jason Ajemian, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and many other musicians.
In 2012, she moved to Baltimore to go to Towson University and get a master’s degree in Jazz Performance. In 2015, when she was done with school, she moved to Brooklyn. There, she and Tomeka Reid, Jason Ajemian, and Chad Taylor 2016 started the band Fly or Die. The group’s self-titled debut album came out in 2017. It was branch’s first album as a leader.
In the same year, branch and Jason Nazary formed the duo Anteloper. In 2019, she got a commission from the Jerome Foundation, and in 2020, she was a resident at the famous avant-garde club Roulette in Brooklyn. In the same year, Downbeat named her a Rising Star Trumpet Player, and in 2021, she was the first person to win the Deutscher Jazzpreis for Wind Instruments International.
Composer Dave Douglas On Jaimie Branch
“She showed us a lot of different ways that the trumpet could interact with the music,” trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas, who started FONT Music, tells NPR. “She had a plan to combine the voices of the people who inspired her and take them to places no one thought was possible. Our town has suffered a terrible loss.”