born on 26/7/1938 in Ventura, CA, United States
Joanne Brackeen (born Joanne Grogan; July 26, 1938) is an American jazz pianist and music educator.
Joanne Grogan was born in Ventura, California and attended the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. She was a fan of pop pianist Frankie Carle before she became enamored with the music of Charlie Parker. In the 1950s she performed with Dexter Gordon, Teddy Edwards, and Charles Brackeen. She and Brackeen married and moved to New York City in 1965. She performed with Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, and Ornette Coleman.
She played with Joe Henderson (1972–75) and Stan Getz (1975–77) before leading her own trio and quartet. Brackeen established herself as a cutting edge pianist and composer through her appearances around the world, and her solo performances also cemented her reputation as one of the most innovative and dynamic of pianists. Her trios featured such noted players as Clint Houston, Eddie Gómez, John Patitucci, Jack DeJohnette, Cecil McBee, and Billy Hart.
She served on the grant panel for the National Endowment for the Arts, toured the Middle East with the US State Department as sponsor, and had solo performances at Carnegie Hall.
She has recorded over twenty albums as a lead musician and is a professor at the Berklee College of Music and at The New School.
- 1975 Snooze (Choice) – also released as Six Ate (Candid)
- 1976 Invitation (Freedom)
- 1976 New True Illusion (Timeless)
- 1977 Tring-a-Ling (Choice)
- 1977 AFT (Timeless)
- 1978 Trinkets and Things (Timeless)
- 1978 Prism (Choice)
- 1978 Mythical Magic (MPS)
- 1979 Keyed In (Tappan Zee/Columbia)
- 1980 Ancient Dynasty (Tappan Zee/Columbia)
- 1981 Special Identity (Antilles)
- 1985 Havin' Fun (Concord Jazz)
- 1986 Fi-Fi Goes to Heaven (Concord Jazz)
- 1989 Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume 1 (Concord Jazz)
- 1991 Breath of Brazil (Concord Jazz)
- 1991 Is It Really True (Konnex)
- 1991 Where Legends Dwell (Ken)
- 1992 Turnaround (Evidence)
- 1993 Take a Chance (Concord)
- 1995 Power Talk (Turnipseed)
- 1999 Pink Elephant Magic (Arkadia Jazz)
- 2000 Popsicle Illusion (Arkadia Jazz)
With Arkadia Jazz All Stars
- Thank You, Duke!
With Art Blakey
- Jazz Messengers '70 (Catalyst, 1970)
With Stan Getz
- Getz/Gilberto '76 (Resonance, 1976 ) with João Gilberto
- Live at Montmartre (SteepleChase, 1977)
With Freddie McCoy
- Funk Drops (Prestige, 1966)
- Peas 'n' Rice (Prestige, 1967)
- Beans & Greens (Prestige, 1967)
- Soul Yogi (Prestige, 1968)
With Buddy Terry
- Pure Dynamite (Mainstream, 1972)
With Freddie Hubbard
- Sweet Return (Atlantic, 1983)
- arwulf, arwulf. "Joanne Brackeen | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
- "Berklee faculty profile Joanne Brackeen". Berklee faculty. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "The New School Jazz Core Faculty". The New School. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Official site
- Joanne Brackeen on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on NPR
- Berklee School of Music profile
- "A Woman of Many Hats", interview