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Educator, Conductor, Composer, Bandleader, Scholar  
 
 

Curriculum Vitae


Education
     
      
Doctor of Education, Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, NY, 2010
Dissertation:
Creating in the Collective: Dialogue, Collaboration, and the Search for Understanding in the Jazz Small Group; Studies with Lori Custodero, Harold Abeles, Lenore Pogonowski, Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, and Marsha Baxter


Master of Education, Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, NY, 2007
Masters' Thesis: "Jazz Pedagogy: Improvisational Study and Performance"; Studies with Harold Abeles, Randall Allsup, Patricia Cranton, Stephen D. Brookfield, Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, and James Frankel


Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, 1983
Masters' Thesis: "The Evolution of Jazz Styles"; Jazz Composition and Performance Studies with Ron Miller, Gary Lindsay, and Whit Sidener


Bachelor of Arts in Music/Certificate in African-American Studies, Princeton University, 1980

University Scholar; Theory/Composition Studies with Milton Babbitt, Paul Lansky, Peter Westergaard, James K. Randall, and Benny Carter


Additional Studies:

  • BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, New York, New York (1993-95) with Jim McNeely and Manny Albam
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (1989 Summer) Jazz and Music of the African Diaspora Seminar with John Szwed
  • Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies, Newark, N.J. (1988 Summer) Jazz History and Education Seminar with Lewis Porter  
  • The Juilliard School, (Extension Division), New York, New York (1981-82) Theory Studies
  • Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York (1979 & 1980 Summer) Jazz Arranging and Composition Workshops with Bill Dobbins


Teaching Experience

Appointments:

Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. [1989-present]
The Anthony H.P. Lee '79 Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies
Director, Program in Jazz Studies
Associate Director, Program in Musical Performance

  • Courses taught: Jazz Theory Through Improvisation and Composition I: The Bebop Paradigm (Music 311); Jazz Theory Through Improvisation and Composition II: Modal Approaches (Music 312); Seminar in Jazz Composition (Music 319); Jazz Performance Practice in Historical and Cultural Context (Music 320); The Improvising Ensemble (Music 321); Evolution of Jazz Styles (Music 262); Introduction to Jazz (Music 209); Projects in Jazz Composition and Improvisation (Music 213)
  • Research Advising:
    Senior Thesis Projects (Music 984)

    • Making Music From Art: Picasso's Three Musicians as Creative Inspiration for a Jazz Suite
    • Creating “Someone’s Home” – Techniques and Ethics of the Appropriation of Three African Musical Idioms in a Suite Composed for Small Jazz Ensemble;
    • When East Meet West: The Influence of Eastern European Folk Music on Contemporary Jazz (A Project in Jazz Composition)
    • Water Prayer: A Project in Jazz Composition that includes a CD Recording of Nine Works for Jazz Ensemble
    • Nippon Soul: Understanding the History and Development of Japanese Jazz
    • The Gold Coast Suite,composed for jazz sextet and Sonata for Kopeyia, a concert piece composed for Ewe percussion ensemble
    • A Creative Thesis in Jazz Composition and Improvisation

      Junior Independent Projects (Music 981):
    • Synthesis and Union: The Progressive Music of the 1960s and 1970s
    • Kubanaso: A Composition for Jazz Big Band
    • Sound Portraits: An Examination of the Music of Joanne Brackeen, Maria Schneider,  & Jane Ira Bloom through Analysis and the Creation of a Jazz Suite (A Project in Jazz Composition)
    • Cross-Genre Borrowing in Modern Jazz: A Compositionally Based Project in Music
    • African-American Music: Jazz and Hip Hop

      Reading Courses (Music 090):
    • Jazz Styles and Analysis: An Examination of Alto Saxophonists Jackie McLean and Gary Bartz through Six Solo Transcriptions
    • A Comparative Analysis of the Jazz Piano Styles of Paul Bley and Bill Evans through Transcription and Response Compositions
  • Ensembles developed and conducted:  Concert Jazz Ensemble (big band), Jazz Composers Collective, Crossing Borders Improvisational Music Ensemble, Jazz Vocal Collective, Free to Be Ensemble, Birth of the Cool Ensemble, New Voices Collective, Wayne Shorter Ensemble, Pat Metheny Ensemble, Afro-Latin Ensemble, Swingtet, Ornette Coleman Ensemble, Ellington/Strayhorn Ensemble, John Coltrane Ensemble, Afro Groove Ensemble, Fusion Ensemble, Horace Silver Ensemble, Ensemble X, Jazz Messengers Ensemble, New Orleans Ensemble, Jazz Saxophone Quartet, Avant Garde Ensemble, Miles Davis Ensemble, Monk/Mingus Ensemble, Hard Bop Ensemble, Art Blakey Ensemble, Jazz Workshop Ensemble, CJE Jazztet, Jazz Vespers Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble II (big band), Liberal Arts Ensemble (Little Big Band)

  • Other duties: Developed and implemented seven new music department courses in jazz theory, composition, improvisation, history, arranging, and jazz performance; Administrative responsibilities associated with directorship of Program in Jazz Studies; Administrative responsibilities associated with directorship of Program in Musical Performance; Developed New Jersey High School Jazz Combo Festival at Princeton University; Developed Jazz-in-the-Schools Outreach Initiative; Developed “Composing in the Moment” Jazz Recital Series featuring jazz faculty and jazz students in the Program in Musical Performance; Developed Invitational High School Jazz Festival at Princeton University; Musical Director of Composing-in-the-Moment Jazz Faculty Ensemble; Artistic Director for Princeton University Jazz Winter Weekend and Adjudicator for Invitational High School Jazz Festival; University Concerts Committee (1994-2001); Programming Consultant for Princeton University Concerts Jazz Series; Adviser to students in Certificate Program in Musical Performance (jazz emphasis)

  • Other Initiatives: Founder of Certificate Program in Jazz Studies; Developed University Jazz Series at Café Vivian in the Frist Campus Center featuring small groups from the jazz program; Jazz Vespers Series at the University Chapel in collaboration with the University Chapel Choir; Jazz commissioning projects at Princeton University in collaboration with The Commission Project® of Rochester, New York featuring original works written for the University Concert Jazz Ensemble by guest jazz composers (Michael Philip Mossman, Bob Mintzer, Jimmy Heath, Ralph Bowen, Conrad Herwig, and Randy Bauer); Founder/Director of Composing-in-the-Moment Jazz Faculty Ensemble
     

Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York. N.Y. [1996-2000] 
Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies, Director of Performance Studies, Artistic Director of Jazz Forum Concert Series; Tenured in 1997

  • Courses taught: History of Jazz, Basic Musicianship, Jazz Theory I: The Bebop Paradigm, Jazz Theory II: Modal Jazz Composition, Advisor for Graduate & Undergraduate Independent Projects in Jazz Composition
  • Ensembles conducted: Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Vocal Workshop Ensemble, Jazztet, and the Hunter Jazz Repertory Orchestra
  • Other duties: Administrative responsibilities associated with heading all music performance program activities at the college (classical & jazz); Administrative responsibilities associated with directorship of jazz program; Developed and implemented two new music department courses in jazz theory; Department Personnel & Budget Committee; Department Academic Appeals Committee; Performance Committee
     

Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA [1986-1996] 
Associate Professor of Music, Chairperson of Department of Music; Tenured in 1992

  • Courses taught:  Fundamentals of Music, Harmony, Evolution of Jazz Styles, Jazz Theory, Advanced Harmony, Counterpoint, 20th Century Theory, Bebop to Hip Hop: Music and African-American Culture (Liberal Studies Freshman Seminar), Special Projects (theory, composition, arranging, and jazz history)
  • Ensembles conducted: Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazztet, and Pep Band
  • Other duties: Developed and implemented three new music department courses in jazz theory/composition, jazz history, and Music & African-American Culture; Administrative responsibilities associated with position as Department Chair, Minority Affairs Committee (Co-Chair), Arts and Lecture Committee, Diversity Committee, Freshman Adviser

Visiting Appointments:

Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia [2013]  

  • Visiting Composer (master classes in composition; workshops on utilizing freer approaches to music-making; ensemble coach)


Southern Danish Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Esbjerg, Denmark [2013]

  • Visiting Composer (master classes in composition; workshops on utilizing freer approaches to music-making; private lessons in composition; ensemble coach)


Socrates/Erasmus Intensice Programme (IP) [2011]

“Crossing Borders” in cooperation with the European Union, Association of Baltic Academies of Music, and the Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia Visiting Composer (August summer session)

  • Finding the Inspiration to Compose: Creative Concepts in Composition  


Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg, Germany [fall 2009]

  • Guest Composer (master classes in modal composition)

Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, N.J. [2007]
Conductor/Sabbatical Replacement (fall semester)

  • Ensemble conducted: Big Band

Socrates/Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) [2007]  
“Crossing Borders” in cooperation with the Association of Baltic Academies of Music and the Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia
Visiting Composer (August summer session)

  • Seminar in Modal Jazz Composition

Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia; [2005-2006]     
U.S. Fulbright Scholar & Visiting Professor (fall semester)

  • Courses taught: Modal Jazz Theory & Composition, Jazz History and the Evolution of Jazz Styles
  • Ensembles conducted: Big Band, Jazz Messengers Combo, and Jazz Composers Ensemble

Manhattan School of Music, New York, New York [2003-2005]
Visiting Professor of Jazz History

  • Courses taught: Evolution of Jazz Styles (Jazz History 1), The Early Years of Jazz (Jazz History 2), Swing to Bebop (Jazz History 3), Jazz in the Post-Bop Years (Jazz History 4)
     

Pre-College Arts Programs:

Arts Foundation of New Jersey/New Jersey State Council on the Arts Visiting Artist Program [1985-1993]
Responsibilities:
  Presented jazz performance workshops, master classes, and assemblies in New Jersey Public Schools


New Jersey Summer Arts Institute at Rutgers University,
New Brunswick, N.J.; [1984-1993] 
Instrumental Music Coordinator and Head of Jazz Studies

  • Courses taught: Theory, Ear Training, Jazz Ensembles, Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation, and Trumpet
  • Other duties:  Administrative responsibilities associated with coordinating instrumental music and jazz programs, and recruiting; Developed and implemented jazz performance program as well as three new courses in jazz improvisation, jazz history, and jazz performance


Scholarly Activities


Paper Presentations, Panels, Seminars, Public Lectures, and Master Classes

  • International Society for Music Education (ISME) 30th World Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 15-20, 2012. Symposium Panel with Ed Sarath (University of Michigan), Chris Sommervelle (University of Melbourne, Australia) and Kathleen Camara (Tufts University): “New Perspectives on Teaching and Learning the Art of Improvisation.”

  • International Society for Music Education (ISME) 30th World Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 15-20, 2012. “Unleashing the Imagination: Creating Collectively Conceived Music Through Improvisation.”

  • International Festival/Conference of the International Society for Improvised Music, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, February 16-19, 2012. “Let’s Free It Up! Making Use of Freer Approaches to Group Music-Making.”

  • International Festival/Conference of the International Society for Improvised Music, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, February 16-19, 2012. Panelist with Ed Sarath (University of Michigan) and Kathleen Camara (Tufts University): “Self, Culture, Community and World: Improvisation as Unifying Process.”

  • Ursinus College Black History Month Arts & Lecture Series, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, February 15, 2012. Invited Lecture: “The Future of Jazz.”

  • Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA) / New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) School Leadership Conference: “Reimagining Learning: A Creative Challenge for School Leaders,” Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; November 9-11, 2011. Seminar Leader: “Being Guided by the Spirit of We: Jazz and the Process of Creative Collaboration.”

  • Socrates/Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) “Crossing Borders: Innovative Approaches in Integrating Music Education and Cultural Management” at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia; an international conference sponsored by the European Union and Association of Baltic Academies of Music August 23-September 2, 2011. “Finding the Inspiration to Compose: Creative Strategies for Composing.”

  • The 7th International Conference for Research in Music Education, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, April 13-16, 2011. “Communicating in the Collaborative Space: Dialogue, Sharing, and Empowerment in the Jazz Small Group.”

  • Heino Elleri Nimeline Tartu Muusikakool, Tartu, Estonia, March 16, 2011. Master Class Presentation: “Expressing Our Musical Selves Through Jazz Performance” featuring the Princeton University Jazz Composers Collective.

  • Arts Council of Princeton, Meet the Music and the Composer, April 3, 2011. Pre-concert talk “The Dialogic Project: New Music Rooted in Conversational Interplay, Free Exploration, and the Dialogue Between Diverse Musical Influences” composed by Anthony Branker for the Anthony Branker & Word Play “Dialogic” recording project for Origin Records.

  • Heino Elleri Nimeline Tartu Muusikakool, Tartu, Estonia, March 16, 2011. Master Class Presentation: “Expressing Our Musical Selves Through Jazz” featuring the Princeton University Jazz Composers Collective.

  • Third International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education, Bremen, Germany, March 8-11, 2011. “Speaking Up: Students as Active Contributors to Assessment in the Self-Directed Jazz Small Group.”

  • Third International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education, Bremen, Germany, March 10, 2011. Chaired Two Sessions: “How Does a Vocal Training Program Affect the Singing and Speaking Voice? – A Multidiagnostic Evaluation Study” (Stephanie Forge, Cornelia Eckers) and “Assessing the Taiwanese Fourth-Grade Children’s Different Response Modes in Music Listening” (Wen-Hui Fu, Ming-Jen Chuang).

  • Princeton Community Works Conference, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, January 24, 2011. Keynote Speaker: “Jazz Performance as a Metaphor for Dialogue, Cooperation, and Community.”

  • International Society for Music Education (ISME) 29th World Conference, Beijing, China, August 1-6, 2010. “Communicating in the Collaborative Space: Dialogue, Sharing, and Empowerment in the Jazz Small Group.”

  • Prepared and Conducted U.S. Premiere of newly discovered “jazz overture” to Claude Debussy’s "La Boîte à Joujoux (The Toy Box)" – originally performed in 1918 by the Moscow Chamber Theater Orchestra – with members of Princeton University Orchestra and Concert Jazz Ensemble, Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, April 8-10, 2010.

  • Piscataway Public Schools Career Day: Skating into a Balanced and Fulfilling Life, Piscataway High School, Piscataway, NJ, March 20, 2010. “The Value of an Arts Education.”

  • New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) State Conference, Brunswick Hilton and Towers, East Brunswick, NJ, February 19, 2010. “Making the Music Feel Good: The Significance of Rhythm and Interpretation in Jazz Performance.

  • Princeton University Regional Conference – “Big Ideas: Science, Innovation, and Discovery,” Seattle, Washington, July 17, 2009. Panelist with Professors Robert Sean Wilentz and Daphne Brooks: “Innovation and Discovery in Music.”

  • Teachers as Scholars (TAS) program for New Jersey Educators at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; January 9, January 23, and February 11, 2009. Seminar Leader: “Looking at Jazz through Multiple Lenses: Examining the Roles of Culture and Creative Collaboration.”

  • College Music Society 51st National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, September 25, 2008. Panelist: “Does Interdependency Promote Learning?”

  • International Jazz Composers Symposium, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, June 13, 2008. Composition presentations “Crystal Angel” & “Wisdom.”

  • Teachers as Scholars (TAS) program for New Jersey Educators at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, April 25, 2008. Seminar Leader: “Looking at Jazz through Multiple Lenses: Examining the Roles of Culture and Creative Collaboration.”

  • “The Next Generation of Jazz,” Conducted joint big band performance of Duke Ellington’s "New Orleans Suite" in collaboration with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra conducted by Cecil Bridgewater and the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, April 12, 2008.

  • Socrates/Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) “Crossing Borders Once More: Synthesis of Different Approaches in Interpretation - Improvisation and Contemporary Music” at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia sponsored by the European Union and Association of Baltic Academies of Music, August 20-31, 2007. “Creative Approaches to Modal Jazz Composition.”

  • New Jersey Jazz Society, Trumpets Jazz Club, Montclair, NJ, May 20, 2007. Panelist: “The State of Jazz Education in Higher Education.”

  • National Endowment for the Humanities in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, the American Library Association and Re: New Media, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ, February 7 – May 12, 2007. Program Scholar: “Looking At: Jazz, America’s Art Form” film and discussion series.
    o New Orleans: The Birthplace of Jazz (February 7, 2007)
    o The Swing Era (February 28, 2007)
    o Concert Presentation: Never No Lament: Duke Ellington and the Blanton-Webster Band (March 3, 2007)
    o The Jazz Age (March 14, 2007)
    o Women in Jazz (March 28, 2007)
    o Jazz Innovators: From Bebop to Hard Bop and Cool Jazz (April 18, 2007)
    o Jazz as an International Music (May 9, 2007)
    o Concert Presentation: An Evening of Afro-Latin Jazz with trombonist Conrad Herwig and conguero Renato Thoms (May 12, 2007)

  • “The Next Generation of Jazz,” Conducted joint big band performance of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s "Far East Suite" in collaboration with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra conducted by Wycliffe Gordon and Loren Schoenberg and the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, April 22, 2006.

  • Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia, Department of Pop & Jazz Music, Helsinki, Finland, December 8, 2005. “Free Your Mind and Your Creativity Will Follow.”

  • Kuressaare Music Academy, Saaremaa, Estonia, November 30, 2005. United States Embassy sponsored jazz performance master class.

  • Viljandi Kultuuriakadeemia Muusikamajas, Pop/Jazz Program, Viljandi, Estonia, November 24, 2005. United States Embassy sponsored jazz performance master class.

  • United States Embassy, Tallinn, Estonia, September 16, 2005. Panelist: Fulbright Scholarship Review Committee.

  • Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Narrator for Aaron Copland’s "Lincoln Portrait, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, June 5, 2005.

  • Princeton University – “The Love Supreme: Spirit in Music, Dance and Plays – Artists on the Role of Faith in Their Practice,” Program in Theater and Dance, 185 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ, April 26, 2004. Panel discussion and performance of compositions “Chant for Peace Eternal,” “In God’s Hands,” and “Spirit Song.”

  • New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) State Conference, New Brunswick, NJ, February 21, 2004. Panelist: “The Jazz Adjudication Process.”

  • Puffin Cultural Theater, Teaneck, NJ, November 21, 2003. “Modal Jazz Composition and the Creative Process.”

  • Princeton Jewish Center, Princeton, NJ, June 5, 2003. “What Has Happened to the Jazz That I Once Knew? Changes in the Music of Jazz.”

  • Nassau Club, Princeton, NJ, May 28, 2003. “What Has Happened to the Jazz That I Once Knew? Changes in the Music of Jazz.”

  • International Association for Jazz Education 29th International Conference, Toronto, Canada, January 2003. “A Tale of Two Cities: Views on the Arts and Culture in Black Manhattan and Black Paris.”

  • Princeton University, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton, NJ, December 8, 2002. “What Is Jazz?” – An Outreach Lecture/Concert.

  • Plexus Institute, Skytop, PA, November 6, 2002. “The Essential Jazz Triad: Creativity, Risk and the Conversational Dynamic.”

  • International Association for Jazz Education 28th International Conference, Long Beach, California, January 2002. “From the Breath of the Spirit to the Pulse of the Beat: Sound and Sensibility in Brazilian Music.”

  • Drew University, Madison, NJ, December 11, 2001. “The Evolution of Jazz Styles: A Lecture & Performance.”

  • Plexus Institute, Orlando, Florida, April 25, 1999. “Jazz and the Creative Process: A Lecture & Performance.”

  • Princeton University Alumni College Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 10-13, 1997. Seminar Leader: “New Orleans: City of Jazz.”

  • International Association for Jazz Education 24th International Conference, Chicago, Illinois, January 1997. “Snake Johnson Speaks: The Ted Curson Interview.”

  • International Association for Jazz Education 22nd International Conference, Anaheim, California, January 1995. “Black Music Running Into High Speech: The Blues and Jazz in African-American Poetry.”

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Paul Robeson Faculty Institute, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, December 1993. “An Introduction to the Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance.”

  • College Music Society, Northeast Chapter, University of Delaware, April 1992. “Cubana Bop, Cubana Pop: The Music of Cuba and Its Influence on American Music.”

  • International Association for Jazz Education 19th International Conference, Miami, Florida, January 1992. “Cubana Bop, Cubana Pop: The Music of Cuba and Its Influence on American Music.”

  • International Association for Jazz Education 18th International Conference, Washington, D.C., January 1991. “Changing Paradigms and the Evolution of Jazz.”

  • College Music Society 33rd Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., October 1990. “Jazz: Cultural Foundations and Changing Paradigms in America’s Indigenous Art Form.”

  • International Association for Jazz Education 17th International Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 1990. “Cultural Creolization and African-American Transformations in Jazz.”

  • International Association for Jazz Education 16th International Conference, San Diego, California, January 1989. “The Free Thinking Don Cherry and Lester Bowie: Trumpeters in the Tradition?”

Publications

Articles
:

  • Branker, A.D.J. (2012). Speaking up: Students as active contributors to assessment in the self-directed jazz small group. In T. Brophy & A. Lehmann-Wermser (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education. Bremen, Germany: GIA Publications.

  • Branker, A. (2012). Building community: Reflections from a Fulbrighter. Celebrating Fulbright at 65: A Gift to the World. J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Annual Report, 47, 34-35.

  • Branker, A.D.J. (2009). Free to be: Student perceptions on being autonomous and collaborating in the jazz small group – part II. Tempo, 63 (4), 60-61.

  • Branker, A.D.J. (2009). Free to be: Student perceptions on being autonomous and collaborating in the jazz small group – part I. Tempo, 63 (3), 42-43.

  • Branker, A.D.J. (2003). A tale of two Cities: Views on the arts and culture in black Manhattan and black Paris. In L. Fisher (Ed.), Jazz Research Proceedings of the 29th Annual International Conference of the International Association for Jazz Education (pp. 1-10). Toronto, Ontario Canada: IAJE Publications.

  • Branker, A.D.J. (2002). From the breath of the spirit to the pulse of the beat: Sound and sensibility in Brazilian music. In L. Fisher (Ed.), Jazz Research Proceedings of the 28th Annual International Conference of the International Association for Jazz Education (pp. 1-11). Long Beach, California: IAJE Publications.

  • Branker, A.D.J. (1997). Snake Johnson speaks: The Ted Curson interview. In L. Fisher (Ed.), Jazz Research Proceedings of the 24th Annual International Conference of the International Association for Jazz Education (pp. 1-5). Chicago, Illinois: IAJE Publications.

  • Branker, A.D.J. (1995). Black music running into high speech: The blues and jazz in African-American poetry. In L. Fisher (Ed.), Jazz Research Proceedings of the 22nd Annual International Conference of the International Association for Jazz Education (pp. 1-9). Anaheim, California: IAJE Publications.

  • Branker, A. (1992). Cubana bop, cubana pop: The music of Cuba and its influence on American music. In L. Fisher (Ed.), Jazz Research Proceedings of the 19th Annual International Conference of the International Association for Jazz Education (pp. 27-37). Miami, Florida: IAJE Publications.

  • Branker, A.D. (1991). Changing paradigms and the evolution of jazz. In L. Fisher (Ed.), Jazz Research Proceedings of the 18th Annual International Conference of the International Association for Jazz Education (pp. 7-16). Washington, D.C.: IAJE Publications.

  • Branker, A. (1990). Cultural creolization and African-American transformations in jazz. In C.T. Brown (Ed.), Jazz Research Proceedings of the 17th Annual International Conference of the International Association for Jazz Education (pp. 17-23). New Orleans, Louisiana: IAJE Publications.

  • Branker, A. (1989). The free-thinking Don Cherry and Lester Bowie: Trumpeters in the tradition? In C.T. Brown (Ed.), Jazz Research Proceedings of the 16th Annual International Conference of the International Association for Jazz Education (pp. 25-32). San Diego, California: IAJE Publications.

Theses:

  • Branker, A.D.J. (2010). Creating in the collective: Dialogue, collaboration, and the search for understanding in the jazz small group. (Doctoral dissertation, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY).

  • Branker, A.D.J. (2007). Jazz pedagogy: Improvisational study and performance. Unpublished masters’ thesis, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

  • Branker, A.D.J. (1983). Evolution of jazz styles. Unpublished masters’ thesis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

  • Branker, A. (1980). For the children [LP]. Undergraduate thesis project, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

Recording as Part of Book:

  • Perlis, V. & Van Cleve, L. (Eds.) (2005). Composers’ voices from Ives to Ellington: An oral history of American music. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press. Featuring performance excerpts by the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Anthony D.J. Branker.

Recordings (as Composer, Producer, and/or Performer):

  • Anthony Branker & Word Play: Uppity, Origin Records (82635) featuring Ralph Bowen, Andy Hunter, Eli Asher, Jim Ridl, Kenny Davis, and Donald Edwards; spotlighting six original compositions by composer/musical director Anthony Branker (forthcoming March 2013)
  • Anthony Branker & Ascent: Together, Origin Records (82627) featuring Mark Gross, Ralph Bowen, Jonny King, Kenny Davis, and Donald Edwards; spotlighting six original compositions by composer/music director Anthony Branker, 2012.

  • Anthony Branker & Word Play: Dialogic, Origin Records (82597) featuring Ralph Bowen, Jim Ridl, Kenny Davis, and Adam Cruz; spotlighting nine original compositions by composer/musical director Anthony Branker, 2011.

  • Anthony Branker and Ascent: Dance Music, Origin Records (82579); featuring Tia Fuller, Ralph Bowen, Clifford Adams, Jonny King, Kenny Davis, Adam Cruz, Kadri Voorand, and Freddie Bryant; spotlighting ten original compositions by composer/music director Anthony Branker, 2010.

  • Patty Cronheim: Days Like These, Say So Records (SSR-9), producer and musical director, 2010.

  • Anthony Branker and Ascent: Blessings, Origin Records (Origin 82527); featuring Steve Wilson, Ralph Bowen, Clifford Adams, Bryan Carrott, Jonny King, Belden Bullock, Renato Thoms, and Wilby Fletcher; spotlighting nine original compositions by composer/music director Anthony Branker, 2009.

  • MelSoulTree: Sacred Soul, Soul Quest Records (SQR 86003), co-producer and conductor on two tracks, 2008.

  • The Klez Dispensers: Say You'll Understand, TDK Records (TDK-003), producer and conductor, 2008.

  • Anthony Branker and Ascent: Spirit Songs, Sons of Sound Records (SSPCD028); featuring Antonio Hart, Ralph Bowen, Clifford Adams, Jonny King, John Benitez, and Ralph Peterson; spotlighting eight original compositions by composer/music director Anthony Branker, 2006.

  • Anthony Branker: For the Children, Sons of Sound Records; featuring guitarist Stanley Jordan; spotlighting nine original compositions by Anthony Branker, 1980 re-released 2005.

  • Jann Parker: Voicings - Jann Parker, JP Productions (1JP286), New York, NY, 2001.

  • Spirit of Life Ensemble: Twenty-5ive, Rise Up Productions (RUP100-11), Jersey City, NJ, 2000.                   

  • T.K Blue: Another Blue- Talib Kibwe, Arkadia Records (Arkadia 7364), New York, NY, 1999.

  • Spirit of Life Ensemble: Collage, Rise Up Productions (RUP100-10), Jersey City, NJ, 1998. 
        
  • Tessa Bell: For You Alone, Infinity Films & Video, Inc. (IFV-100), Flemington, NJ, 1998.

  • Spirit of Life Ensemble: Live at the Pori Jazz Festival 1996, Rise Up Productions (RUP100-9), Jersey City, NJ, 1997.

  • Spirit of Life Ensemble: The Panasonic Village Jazz Festival 1997Compilation CD, recording also features Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Evans, Kenny Garrett et al., International Music Factory, Inc. (IMF-1004), New York, NY, 1997.

  • Anthony Branker Quintet: That Was Then, This Is Now, AB Music (ABM-01), Audubon, PA, 1991.

  • Anthony Branker: For The Children with guitarist Stanley Jordan, AB Music (AB1), 1980.

Film Score

  • Una Noche de la Gloria: Contemporary Art in the Cultural Zone (2010) – composer for documentary soundtrack. Director: Brandon Keropian Olmos; Producers: Gabriel Quintero Velasquez and Jennifer Comi; Presenter: The Contemporary Art and Literature Organization; Composition: "J.C.’s Passion"

University Recordings (Conductor/Producer):

  • Love Is What It Is, Princeton University Jazz Vocal Collective, PUJE Productions, (PUJE-CD 12), Princeton, NJ, 2012.

  • Onwards, Princeton University Jazz Composers Collective, PUJE Productions, (PUJE-CD 11), Princeton, NJ, 2011.

  • Blue/Yellow Dances, Princeton University Jazz Composers Collective, PUJE Productions, (PUJE-CD 10), Princeton, NJ, 2008.

  • Expanding Horizons, Princeton University Jazz Composers Collective, PUJE Productions, (PUJE-CD 9), Princeton, NJ, 2007.

  • Yesternow: The Princeton University Jazz Program 1989-2004, Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, Monk/Mingus Ensemble, Ensemble X, Afro-Groove Ensemble, and Hard Bop Ensemble, PUJE Productions, (PUJE-CD 8), Princeton, NJ, 2005.

  • It’s All About the Groove, Princeton University Afro-Groove Ensemble & Fusion Ensemble, PUJE Productions, (PUJE-CD7), Princeton, NJ, 2005.

  • Music from the Sacred Concerts of Edward Kennedy Ellington, Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble and Chapel Choir, PUJE Productions, (PUJE-CD6), Princeton, NJ, 2003.

  •  What’s Going On? Princeton University Ensemble X, PUJE Productions, (PUJE-CD5), Princeton, NJ, 2002.

  •  Mosaic, Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble & Hard Bop Ensemble, PUJE Productions, (PUJE-CD4), Princeton, NJ, 2001.

  •  Eyes On The Prize, Hunter College (City University of New York) Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Jazztet, Hunter Jazz (HJ-CD01), New York, New York, 2000.

  • The Sacred Concert Music Of Duke Ellington, Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, Glee Club & Gospel Ensemble, PUJE Productions (PUJE-CD 3), Princeton, NJ, 1999.

  •  Sounds From The Free-Thinking, Princeton University Monk/Mingus Ensemble with Ted Curson, trumpet, PUJE Productions (PUJE-CD 2), Princeton, NJ, 1999.

  •  Mean What You Say, Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, PUJE Productions (PUJE-CD 1), Princeton, N.J., 1996.

  • 7 Steps 2 Heaven, Princeton University Jazz Ensemble, PUJE Productions (PUJE-01), Princeton, N.J., 1991.

Performances:

Conducted the following artists in concert:
Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Conrad Herwig, Oliver Lake, Frank Foster, Benny Carter, Ted Curson, Stanley Jordan, Bobby Watson, Terence Blanchard, Bob Mintzer, Ralph Peterson, Steve Nelson, Antonio Hart, Don Braden, Brice Winston, Fabian Almazan, Joshua Crumbly, Kendrick Scott, Jacky Terrasson, Jonny King, Walt Weiskopf, Valery Ponomarev, Bryan Carrott, Michael Philip Mossman, Rick Margitza, Ralph Bowen, Mark Gross, Clifford Adams, Jeffery Smith, Guilherme Franco, and Benny Powell

Performed in concert with:
Benny Carter, Ted Curson, Stanley Jordan, Terence Blanchard, Ralph Peterson, Steve Nelson, Don Braden, Jonny King, Walt Weiskopf, Bryan Carrott, Rick Margitza, Ralph Bowen, Mark Gross, Talib Kibwe, Clifford Adams, Jeffery Smith, Guilherme Franco & Nova Bossa Nova, Michael Cochrane, Gary Burton, Eddie Henderson, Billy Higgins, Randy Weston, Roscoe Mitchell, the R&B group Tavares, in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production of “Dinah Was: The Dinah Washington Musical,” and with the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra as narrator on Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait

Compositions have been performed and/or recorded by:
Tia Fuller, Steve Wilson, Antonio Hart, Ralph Bowen, Conrad Herwig, Clifford Adams, Jonny King, Jim Ridl, Bryan Carrott, Kenny Davis, John Benitez, Belden Bullock, Adam Cruz, Ralph Peterson Jr., Wilby Fletcher, Renato Thoms, Kadri Voorand, Freddie Bryant, Talib Kibwe (TK Blue), Mark Gross, Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderson, Steve Nelson, Stanley Jordan, Winard Harper, Joe Ford, Benny Carter, Valery Ponomarev, Cecil Brooks III, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Alex Blake, Sarah Jane Cion, Michael Cochrane, Jann Parker, Curtis Lundy, Steve Kroon, Rick Margitza, and the Spirit of Life Ensemble.

Performances at a variety of international jazz festivals, concert halls, and clubs in the United States and abroad, including:
Pori International Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland; Leningrad/St. Petersburg International Jazz Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia; Kaunas International Jazz Festival, Kaunas, Lithuania; Estonia International Jazz Festival, Tartu Laululaval, Estonia; Klaipeda Festival, Lithuania; JVC Jazz Festival at Sweet Basil, New York, NY; Panasonic Village Jazz Festival, New York, NY; Lake George Jazz Festival, Lake George, NY; Riverfest Jazz and Blues Festival, Red Bank, NJ

Sweet Basil Jazz Club, New York, NY (Monday Night Big Band-in-Residence for 5 years); The Iridium Jazz Club, New York, NY; The Five Spot, New York, NY; Birdland Jazz Club, New York, NY; Village Gate, New York, NY; The Latin Quarter, New York, NY; The Jazz Standard, New York, NY; Trumpets Jazz Club, Montclair, NJ; Duc des Lombards Jazz Club, Paris, France; Estonian Academy of Music, Tallinn, Estonia; UMO Jazz Club, Helsinki, Finland; The Jazz Club, St. Petersburg, Russia; Club Jazz, Bremen, Germany; Le Bar Bat, New York, NY; Tavern on the Green, New York, NY; Windows on the World (World Trade Center), New York, NY; The Priory Jazz Club, Newark, NJ; Konover Hotel, Miami, Florida; Gramercy Theater, New York, NY; WPA Theater, New York, NY; John Harms Performing Arts Center, Engelwood, NJ; Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY; Puffin Cultural Theater Jazz Series, Teaneck, NJ; Afro-American Cultural and Heritage Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore Art Museum, Baltimore, MD; Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; Hunter College (CUNY) Jazz Forum Series, New York, NY; University Concerts Jazz Series at Princeton University; Rider University Performing Arts Center, Lawrenceville, NJ; Ursinus College Arts and Lecture Series, Collegeville, PA

Television Appearances

  • “Classroom Close-up, New Jersey” on NJN-TV [featured artist/educator profile] October 9 & 14, 2006; November 13 &18, 2006. 
  • Estonian National Television Morning Show (ETV), Tallinn, Estonia [interview and performance] October 30, 2006.

Radio Interviews

  • WHPK 88.5 FM - Chicago, Illinois [Interview with Lofton Emenari supporting Together CD release by Anthony Branker & Ascent], January 6, 2013.
  • WCLK 91.9 FM – Atlanta, Georgia [interview with Jay Edwards supporting Dance Music CD release by Anthony Branker & Ascent], January 8, 2011.
  • KRML 94.7 FM – Carmel, California [interview with Jim Sintetos supporting Dance Music CD release by Anthony Branker & Ascent], December 23, 2010.
  • KRTU 91.7 FM – San Antonio, Texas [interview with Kory Cook supporting Dance Music CD release by Anthony Branker & Ascent], December 15, 2010.
  • KSJS 90.5 FM – San Jose, California [interview with Michael Schwartz supporting Dance Music CD release by Anthony Branker & Ascent], December 5, 2010.
  • Estonian National Radio [interview and concert performance], Narva, Estonia, October 31, 2006.

Appearances as Conductor (with Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble):

  • Conducted Terence Blanchard’s Grammy Award-Winning score for A Tale of God’s Will: A Requiem for Katrina from Spike Lee’s documentary “When the Levees Broke” featuring trumpeter Terence Blanchard and His Quintet with Brice Winston (tenor saxophone), Fabian Almazan (piano), Joshua Crumbly (bass), Kendrick Scott (drums) and the Princeton University Orchestra; McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, April 8, 2011.

  • New Jersey-Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE) Intercollegiate All State Jazz Ensemble, New Jersey Music Educators Association State Conference, East Brunswick, NJ, February 24, 2011.

  • An Evening of Enchantment, Conductor of Orchestra at Princeton University in world premieres of two dance works choreographed to the orchestral music of Claude Debussy’s "La Boîte à Joujoux (Toy Box)" and John Alden Carpenter’s "Krazy Kat," Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, April 8-10, 2010.

  • Princeton University Sinfonia and Concert Jazz Ensemble with the vocal ensemble Fuma Sacra, co-conducted world premiere of "In Another Time," a five movement work by composer Laurie Altman, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University, May 7, 2009.

  • New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE) State Conference, conductor of 2008 New Jersey All State High School Jazz Ensemble, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ, November 14, 2008.

  • New Jersey Education Association (NJMEA) State Conference, conductor of 2008 New Jersey All State High School Jazz Ensemble, Trump Plaza, Atlantic City, NJ, November 6 2008.

  • Collaborated with Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and conductor Cecil Bridgewater on joint big band performance of Duke Ellington's New Orleans Suite at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, April 12, 2008.

  • Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble, Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, October 16 & November 27, 2007.

  • New Jersey-International Association for Jazz Education Intercollegiate All State Jazz Ensemble, New Jersey Music Educators Association State Conference, East Brunswick, NJ, February 22, 2007.

  • Collaborated with Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and conductors Wycliffe Gordon and Loren Schoenberg on joint big band performance of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's Far East Suite at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, April 22, 2006.

  • Kuressaare Kultuurikeskuses (US Embassy Tour), Estonian Academy of Music Jazz Messengers Combo (Director), Saaremaa, Estonia, November 30, 2005. 

  • Viljandi Kultuuriakadeemia Muusikamajas (US Embassy Tour), Estonian Academy of Music Jazz Messengers Combo (Director), Viljandi, Estonia, November 24, 2005.

  • Jazz in Academy: The Music Charles Mingus, Wayne Shorter, and Anthony Branker, Estonian Academy of Music Big Band and Jazz Messengers Combo, Chamber Hall, Estonian Academy of Music, Tallinn, Estonia, November 17, 2005.

  • Fifteenth Anniversary Conference of the Eesti Muusikaõpetajate Liit (Estonian Society for Music Education), Estonian Academy of Music Jazz Messengers Combo (Director), Chamber Hall, Estonian Academy of Music, Tallinn, Estonia, October 1, 2005.

  • Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Narrator for Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” Bensalem, Pennsylvania, June 5, 2005.

  • New Jersey-International Association for Jazz Education Region II All State High School Jazz Ensemble, Lawrence High School, Lawrence, NJ, April 10, 2005.

  • Princeton University Orchestra & Concert Jazz Ensemble performance of Edward Kennedy Ellington’s “New World A Comin’,” Clare Fischer’s “Pensativa,” Marvin Fisher & Jack Segal’s “When Sunny Gets Blue,” and McCoy Tyner’s “In Search of My Heart” (arrangement by Anthony Branker),Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, February 28, 2004.

  • New Jersey-International Association for Jazz Education Intercollegiate All State Jazz Ensemble, New Jersey Music Educators Association State Conference, East Brunswick, NJ, February 21, 2003.

  • Princeton University Orchestra & Concert Jazz Ensemble, performance of Edward Kennedy Ellington’s “A Tone Parallel to Harlem,” Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, December 7 & 9, 2000.

  • Israel’s Kiryat Ono Symphonic Youth Band, Rutgers University, July 1989.

  • Germany’s Jugend Sinfonie Orchester, Rutgers University and Bremen, Germany, July 1987, December 1987, and January 1988.

  • Japan’s Fukui Junior Orchestra, Rutgers University, July 1986.

  • Ursinus College Concert Band, Collegeville, PA, 1986-1996.

World Premieres Conducted

  • Socrates/Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) “Crossing Borders” - Premiere of collaborative group compositions from composition seminar featuring students from Conservatories and Music Academies in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia, KuKu Club, Tallinn, Estonia, August 29, 2011.

  • An Evening of Enchantment, Conductor of Princeton University Orchestra in world premieres of two dance works choreographed to the orchestral music of Claude Debussy’s La Boîte à Joujoux (The Toy Box) and John Alden Carpenter’s Krazy Kat, Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, four performances from April 8-10, 2010.

  • Prepared and Conducted U.S. Premiere of newly discovered “jazz overture” to Claude Debussy’s La Boîte à Joujoux (The Toy Box) – originally performed in 1918 by the Moscow Chamber Theater Orchestra – with members of Princeton University Orchestra and Concert Jazz Ensemble, Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, April 8-10, 2010.

  • Princeton University Sinfonia and Concert Jazz Ensemble with the vocal ensemble Fuma Sacra, co-conducted world premiere of "In Another Time," a five-movement work by composer Laurie Altman (commissioned in collaboration with Lewis Center for the Arts and Princeton University Jazz Program), Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University, May 7, 2009 .

  • Conrad Herwig’s "Reflections of a Man Facing South" (commissioned in collaboration with Sons of Sound Records and Jeff Penney), Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble featuring trombonist Conrad Herwig and conguero Renato Thoms, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University, May 12, 2007.

  • Ralph Bowen’s "Little Miss B" (commissioned in collaboration with The Commission Project [TCP], Rochester, NY), Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University, May 13, 2006.

  • Jimmy Heath’s "For the Love Of" (commissioned in collaboration with The Commission Project [TCP], Rochester, NY), Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University, May 7, 2005.

  • Bob Mintzer’s "March Majestic" featuring tenor saxophonist Don Braden (commissioned in collaboration with The Commission Project [TCP], Rochester, NY), Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University, May 8, 2004.

  • Randy Bauer’s "Wide-Eyed Wonder" (commissioned in collaboration with The Commission Project [TCP], Rochester, NY), Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University, May 10, 2003.

  • Michael Philip Mossman’s "John Coltrane Suite" (commissioned in collaboration with The Commission Project [TCP], Rochester, NY), Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University, March 1, 2002.

Workshops and Master Classes:

Arts Foundation of New Jersey/New Jersey State Council on the Arts Visiting Artist Program, 1985-1993,Arts H.S. (Newark, N.J.), University H.S. (Newark, N.J.), Malcolm X Shabazz H.S. (Newark, N.J.), Weequahic H.S. (Newark, N.J.), Central H.S. (Newark, N.J.), West Kinney Alternative H.S. (Newark, N.J.), Trenton H.S. (N.J.), Trenton Elementary Schools (Trenton, N.J.), Neptune H.S. (N.J.), East Orange H.S. (N.J.), Atlantic City H.S. (N.J.), Clinton Elementary School (Plainfield, N.J.), ArtsFest Symposium at Rutgers University, ArtsFest Symposium at the County College of Morris, NJ

Jazz-in-the Schools Programs, 1985-present: WBGO's Children’s Jazz Series at Harriet Tubman School (Newark, N.J.), Park West Performing Arts H.S. (N.Y.), Elizabeth H.S. (N.J.), The Peddie School (Hightstown, N.J.), North Brunswick H.S. (N.J.), Princeton High School (Princeton, NJ), Hanover Park High School, NJ, Piscataway High School (Piscataway, NJ), Quibbletown Middle School (Piscataway, N.J.), Connackamack Middle School (Piscataway, N.J.), Schor Middle School (Piscataway, N.J.), P.S. 17 (Jersey City, N.J.), Arbor Elementary School (Piscataway, N.J.), Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (Princeton, N.J.), Riverside Elementary School (Princeton, N.J.), Walter Black Elementary School (East Windsor/Hightstown, NJ), The Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, N.J.), Hill School (Pottstown, PA), The Bullis School (Potomac, Maryland), Cochran Elementary School (Williamsport, PA), Blossburg Elementary School (Williamsport, PA), Curtin Middle School (Williamsport, PA), Roosevelt Middle School (Williamsport, PA), Lycoming Valley MS (Williamsport, PA), North Penn Jr-Sr HS (Williamsport, PA), Williamsport Area High School (Williamsport, PA)