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Educator, Conductor, Composer, Bandleader, Scholar  
 
 

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Experience

Higher Education

Princeton University
, 1989-present.

    • Holder of Endowed Chair: The Anthony H.P Lee Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies, 2010-present.
    • Director, Program in Jazz Studies, 2010-present.
    • Director, University Jazz Ensemble Program, 1989-present.
    • Associate Director, Program in Musical Performance, 2005-present.
    • Acting Director, Program in Musical Performance, Fall 2003.
    • Senior Lecturer in Music, 2000-present.
    • Visiting Professor of Music, 1999-2000.
    • Visiting Associate Professor of Music, 1995-1999.
    • Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, 1992-1995.
  • Founder, director and chief administrator for the Department of Music’s Certificate Program in Jazz Studies (created the philosophy/mission, curriculum, admission policy, and Jazz-in-the-Schools outreach initiative as part of independent work component); Served as research advisor and first reader for senior thesis and junior independent projects in composition, improvisation, ethnomusicology, style & analysis, and arranging.
  • Other duties include: Administrative responsibilities associated with directorship of Program in Jazz Studies (2010-present); Administrative responsibilities connected with associate directorship of Program in Musical Performance (2005-present); Chaired searches for adjunct faculty in Jazz Studies (2010-present); Created and served as artistic/musical director for Composing-in-the-Moment Jazz Faculty Recital Series (1995-present); Developed, presented and served as director for the New Jersey High School Jazz Combo Festival at Princeton University (2009-2013); Developed, presented and served as artistic director for Princeton University Jazz Winter Weekend and Adjudicator for Invitational High School Jazz Festival (2003-2005); University Concerts Committee (1994-2001); Programming Consultant for Princeton University Concerts Jazz Series (1994-2006); Advisor for Senior Recitals in Jazz Performance for Program in Musical Performance.
  • Other initiatives created: Developed University Jazz @ Café Vivian Series in Frist Campus Center featuring small groups from the jazz program (2003-present); Developed Jazz Vespers Series at the University Chapel in collaboration with the Office of Religious Life and University Chapel Choir (2003-present); Jazz commissioning project at Princeton University in conjunction with The Commission Project® of Rochester, New York featuring original works written for the University Concert Jazz Ensemble by jazz composers Jimmy Heath, Bob Mintzer, Michael Philip Mossman, Ralph Bowen, and Randy Bauer (2003-2006)
  • Developed and implemented seven new jazz-based academic courses for the department of music in jazz theory, composition, improvisation, history, and performance.
  • Courses Taught: 
    • Jazz Theory Through Improvisation & Composition I: The Bebop Paradigm
    • Jazz Theory Through Improvisation & Composition II: Modal Approaches
    • Seminar in Jazz Composition
    • Jazz Performance Practice in Historical and Cultural Context
    • Evolution of Jazz Styles
    • The Improvising Ensemble
    • Projects in Jazz Performance
  • Developed and directed 30 new jazz performance ensembles, including such groups as the: Concert Jazz Ensemble (big band), Jazz Composers Collective, Crossing Borders Improvisational Music Ensemble, Jazz Vocal Collective, Free to Be Ensemble, Monk/Mingus Ensemble, Ensemble X, Wayne Shorter Ensemble, Pat Metheny Ensemble, Jazz Messengers Ensemble, Afro-Latin Ensemble, John Coltrane Ensemble, Afro Groove Ensemble, Fusion Ensemble, Jazz Vespers Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble II (big band), and Liberal Arts Ensemble (Little Big Band).
  • Led international performance tours featuring university jazz groups:
    • Free to Be Ensemble, Poland, 2015.
    • Jazz Composers Collective, Estonian Academy of Music, Estonia, 2014.
    • Concert Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Vocal Collective, Italy, 2014.
    • Jazz Composers Collective, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia, 2012.
    • Jazz Composers Collective, Estonian Academy of Music, Estonia, 2011.
    • Jazz Composers Collective, Hong Kong, China, 2008.
    • Jazz Composers Collective, Estonian Academy of Music, Estonia, 2006.
  • Organized and produced residencies that featured various university jazz ensembles in concert performances with internationally renowned guest artists such as: Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Terence Blanchard, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Gilberto Gil, Jon Faddis, Conrad Herwig, Oliver Lake, Frank Foster, Benny Carter, Ted Curson, Stanley Jordan, Bobby Watson, Bob Mintzer, Ralph Peterson, Steve Nelson, Antonio Hart, Freddie Hendrix, Don Braden, Kendrick Scott, Brice Winston, Fabian Almazan, Joshua Crumbly, 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, Alison Crockett, Renato Thoms, Marc Bernstein, and Winston Byrd.
  • Organized and produced master class presentations featuring: Maria Schneider, Geri Allen, Omar Sosa, David Binney, Victor Lewis, Edward Simon, Matt Penman, Eric Harland, Robin Eubanks, Bill Frisell, Jamie Baum, Fred Hersch, Joanne Brackeen, Dr. Billy Taylor, Roy Hargrove, Hugh Masekela, Kenny Davis, James Williams, Craig Handy, Jeremy Pelt, Gene Bertoncini, Jim Black, Bruce Williams, Scott Lee, Bruce Barth, Eddie Allen, Alison Crockett, The Free Tallinn Trio with Jaak Sooäär/Anto Pett/Anne-Liis Poll, The Respect Sextet, Kadri Voorand and Her Trio, and Wilson “Willie Tee” Turbinton.
  • Responsible for recruiting the following faculty hires in jazz studies as visiting artists, adjunct faculty, and/or private studio instructors:
    • Steve Nelson - vibraphone & improvisation
    • Rick Margitza - saxophone & improvisation 
    • Walt Weiskopf - saxophone & improvisation
    • Ralph Bowen - saxophone & improvisation, jazz theory, jazz performance seminar, small groups
    • Joanne Brackeen - jazz performance seminar
    • Ralph Peterson Jr. - jazz performance seminar
    • Adam Cruz - jazz performance seminar
    • Kenny Davis - jazz performance seminar, jazz small groups
    • Jim Ridl - jazz performance seminar, jazz small groups
    • Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin - jazz voice, jazz vocal collective
    • Michael Cochrane - jazz piano
    • Vince Ector - jazz drums
    • Brian Glassman - jazz bass
    • Dean Reynolds - evolution of jazz styles
    • Dave DeMotta - evolution of jazz styles
    • Lara Pellegrinelli - evolution of jazz styles
  • Produced and directed 14 recordings during the past 26 years, which have featured the Free to Be Ensemble, Jazz Vocal Collective, Jazz Composers Collective, Concert Jazz Ensemble, Monk/Mingus Ensemble with trumpeter Ted Curson, Ensemble X, Afro-Groove Ensemble, Fusion Ensemble, Hard Bop Ensemble; as well as the Concert Jazz Ensemble in two collaborative projects with the Chapel Choir, Glee Club and Gospel Ensemble

Rutgers University / Mason Gross School of the Arts, Fall 2007 sabbatical replacement.

  • Visiting conductor of the Rutgers University/Mason Gross School Big Band

  • Led two concert performances that included “When Jazz Fuses: The Blending of Jazz with Other Musical Influences” and “Sounds From the Vanguard: The Music of Thad Jones, Jim McNeely, Kenny Werner, Ed Neumeister, and Michael Abene.”

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia, fall 2005-2006.

  • U.S. Fulbright Scholar &Visiting Professor of Music

  • Assisted in developing conservatory’s curriculum in jazz studies
  • Developed and implemented two new courses in jazz studies

  • Course Taught:
    • Modal Jazz Composition
    • Evolution of Jazz Styles
    • Served as conductor of the conservatory big band;
    • Created and directed two new ensembles that included the Jazz Composers Ensemble and Jazz Messengers Ensemble

Manhattan School of Music, 2003-2005.

  • Visiting Professor of Jazz History

  • Developed and implemented four separate seminars in jazz history for undergraduate and graduate students

  • Courses Taught:
    • Evolution of Jazz Styles
    • The Early Years of Jazz
    • Swing to Bebop
    • Jazz in the Post Bop Years

  • Adjudication panelist for undergraduate admission auditions for candidates in jazz performance studies.

  • Adjudication panelist for ensemble placement for jazz trumpet students.

Hunter College of the City University of New York, 1996-2000, Tenured in 1997.

    • Professor of Music, 1999-2000.
    • Associate Professor of Music, 1996-1999.
    • Director of Jazz Studies, 1996-2000.
    • Director of Performance Studies, 1999-2000.
    • Artistic Director of Jazz Forum Concert Series, 1996-2000.

  • Other duties included:Administrative responsibilities associated with heading all music performance program activities at the college (classical & jazz divisions); Administrative responsibilities associated with directorship of jazz program; Developed and implemented three new music department courses in jazz theory and history; Department Personnel & Budget Committee; Department Academic Appeals Committee; Performance Committee.

  • Courses Taught:
    • The History of Jazz
    • Jazz Theory I: The Bebop Paradigm
    • Jazz Theory II: Modal Jazz Composition
    • Basic Musicianship
    • Advisor for Graduate & Undergraduate Independent Projects in Jazz Composition

  • Conducted the Hunter College Jazz Ensemble (big band), Jazz Vocal Workshop Ensemble (35-40 member group consisting of vocalists, rhythm section, and featured instrumental soloists), Hunter College Jazztet, and the Hunter Jazz Repertory Orchestra in performance of The Sacred Concert Music of Duke Ellington.

  • Produced and directed the CD recording project Eyes on the Prize by the Hunter College/City University of New York Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Jazztet (2000).

Ursinus College, 1986-1996, Tenured in 1992.

    • Associate Professor of Music, 1995-1996.
    • Department Chairperson, 1994-1996.
    • Assistant Professor of Music, 1990-1995.
    • Acting Department Chairperson, spring 1988 & spring 1994.
    • Instructor of Music, 1986-1990.

  • Other duties included: Administrative responsibilities associated with position as Department of Music Chair; Minority Affairs Committee (Co-Chair); Arts and Lecture Committee; Diversity Committee; Freshman Adviser.

  • Developed and implemented three new department of music courses in jazz theory/composition, jazz history, and Music & African-American Culture.

  • Courses Taught:
    • Fundamentals of Music
    • Harmony
    • Advanced Harmony
    • Counterpoint
    • 20th Century Theory
    • Evolution of Jazz Styles
    • Jazz Theory
    • Bebop to Hip Hop: Music and African-American Culture (Liberal Studies Freshman Seminar)
    • Supervised Special Projects courses in theory, composition, arranging, and jazz history

  • Conducted the Ursinus College Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazztet, and Pep Band.

SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHING

Princeton University Preparatory Program (Summer), Princeton, N.J., 2005

  • Instructor of Music
  • Jazz-in-the Schools Programs as Teaching Artist, 1985-2009

  • 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)

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
  • Responsibilities:  Presented jazz performance workshops, master classes, and assembly programs in New Jersey Public Schools


New Jersey Summer Arts Institute/Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.

  • Instrumental Music Coordinator and Head of Jazz Studies, 1984-1993
  • Courses taught: Theory, Ear Training, Jazz Ensembles, Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation, and Trumpet
  • Other duties included: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

The Hill School, Pottstown, PA, 1984-1986  

  • Instructor of Music
  • Courses taught: Theory, Jazz Composition, Jazz Ensemble, and Brass Choir
  • Other duties included: Developed and implemented two new music department courses in jazz composition and performance.

Immaculata High School, Somerville, N.J., 1981-1982 

  • Assistant Band Director
  • Courses taught: Concert Band, Private Lessons (all instruments), Beginning Woodwinds, and Marching Band

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCIES AS TEACHING ARTIST

  • Eesti Muusika- ja Teatriakadeemia (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre), Tallinn, Estonia (October 22-November 16, 2012); Visiting Composer; Provided master classes in composition, workshops on utilizing freer approaches to music-making; served as ensemble director.
  • Syddansk Musikkonservatorium Skuespillerskole (Southern Danish Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts), Esbjerg, Denmark (September 22-29, 2012); Visiting Composer; Provided master classes in composition, workshops on utilizing freer approaches to music-making, private lessons in composition; served as ensemble director.
  • Socrates/Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) - “Crossing Borders: Innovative Approaches In Integrating Music Education and Cultural Management” in cooperation with the European Union, Association of Baltic Academies of Music, and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia (August summer session 2011); Visiting Composer; Led the seminar “Finding the Inspiration to Compose: Creative Strategies for Composing.”
  • Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Hamburg University of Music and Theatre), Hamburg, Germany (October 26-28, 2009); Visiting Composer; Offered master classes in modal composition and led reading sessions of new compositions.
  • Socrates/Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) - “Crossing Borders Once More: Synthesis of Different Approaches in Interpretation” in cooperation with the European Union, Association of Baltic Academies of Music, and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia (August summer session 2007); Visiting Composer; Led the seminar “Creative Approaches to Modal Jazz Composition.”

INTERNATIONAL MASTER CLASS PRESENTATIONS

  • Õismäe Russian Lyceum, Tallinn, Estonia, October 28, 2014. School Assembly Presentation: “Jazz and Musical Expression” featuring the Princeton University Jazz Composers Collective.

  • Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia, October 27-November 1, 2014. Master classes and collaborative concerts with jazz studies students from Estonian Academy of Music and Princeton University Jazz Composers Collective.
  • Winmalee High School, Winmalee, Australia, March 22, 2012. Jazz Performance and Improvisation Master Class plus Concert Presentation with Winmalee Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Vocal Ensemble assisted by members of the Princeton University Jazz Composers Collective.
  • Heino Elleri Nimeline Tartu Muusikakool, Tartu, Estonia, March 16, 2011. Master Class Presentation: “Expressing Our Musical Selves” featuring the Princeton University Jazz Composers Collective.
  • Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia, March 14-18, 2011. Master classes and collaborative concerts with jazz studies students from Estonian Academy of Music and Princeton University Jazz Composers Collective.
  • 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.

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

SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS
 
Book (in progress)

  • Branker, A.D. J. (in progress). Creating in the collective: Conversations on the experience of group music-making.

Refereed Articles (Peer Reviewed)

  • Branker, A.D.J. (2014). Seeing the sound, hearing the images: From the visual to the sonic through explorations in group improvisation. In D. Forrest (Ed.), Proceedings of the 31st International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference on Music Education.Porto Alegre, Brazil: ISME Publications (forthcoming).
  • 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.), Music Assessment across Cultures and Continents: The Culture of Shared Practice (pp. 393-403). Chicago: GIA Publications, Inc.
  • Branker, A.D.J. (2012). Unleashing the imagination: Creating collectively conceived music through improvisation. In W. Sims (Ed.), Proceedings of the 30th International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference on Music Education (pp. 71-77).Thessaloniki, Greece: ISME Publications.
  • 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.

Non-refereed Articles (Invited)

  • Branker, A. (2013). Modal approaches to jazz composition. Down Beat, October 2013, 80 (10), 160-61.
  • 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: New Jersey Music Educators Association, 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: New Jersey Music Educators Association, 63 (3), 42-43.

Abstracts of Papers Delivered at Meetings

  • Branker, A.D.J. (2014). Seeing the sound, hearing the images: From the visual to the sonic through explorations in group improvisation. Abstracts: 31st International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference on Music Education, Porto Alegre, Brazil, (p. 110).
  • Branker, A.D.J. (2014). Creating mindful re-imaginings: Practicing aesthetic education in the improvising ensemble (Session: Jazz, Creativity, and Consciousness: Harnessing the Transformational Potential in America's Indigenous Musical Art Form). Abstracts: 31st International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference on Music Education, Porto Alegre, Brazil, (pp. 439-440).
  • 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.), Music Assessment across Cultures and Continents: The Culture of Shared Practice (pp. 393-403). Chicago: GIA Publications, Inc.
  • Branker, A.D.J. (2012). Unleashing the imagination: Creating collectively conceived music through improvisation. Abstracts: 30th International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference on Music Education, Thessaloniki, Greece (p. 41).
  • Branker, A.D.J. (2012). Negotiating “self,” “other,” and mutual exchange: Making-music in the jazz small group (Session: New perspectives on teaching and learning the art of improvisation). Abstracts: 30th International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference on Music Education, Thessaloniki, Greece (pp. 349-50).
  • Branker, A.D.J. (2010). Communicating in the collaborative space: Dialogue, sharing, and empowerment in the jazz small group. Abstracts: 29th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education, Beijing, China (p. 45).       

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.

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

Refereed Scholarly Presentations and Panels

  • “Jazz, Creativity, and Consciousness: Harnessing the Transformational Potential in America's Indigenous Musical Art Form” Symposium Panel, International Society for Music Education (ISME) 31st World Conference, Porto Alegre, Brazil, July 20-25, 2014.  
  • “Seeing the Sound, Hearing the Images: From the Visual to the Sonic Through Explorations in Group Improvisation,” International Society for Music Education (ISME) 31st World Conference, Porto Alegre, Brazil, July 20-25, 2014.  
  • “New Perspectives on Teaching and Learning the Art of Improvisation” Symposium Panel, 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 Society for Music Education (ISME) 30th World Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 15-20, 2012.
  • “Let’s Free It Up! Making Use of Freer Approaches to Group Music-Making,” International Conference of the International Society for Improvised Music, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, February 16-19, 2012.
  • “Self, Culture, Community and World:  Improvisation as Unifying Process” Panel, International Conference of the International Society for Improvised Music, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, February 16-19, 2012.
  • “Communicating in the Collaborative Space: Dialogue, Sharing, and Empowerment in the Jazz Small Group,” Seventh International Conference for Research in Music Education, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, April 13-16, 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 8-11, 2011.
  • “Communicating in the Collaborative Space: Dialogue, Sharing, and Empowerment in the Jazz Small Group,” International Society for Music Education (ISME) Twenty-Ninth World Conference, Beijing, China, August 1-6, 2010.
  • “Making the Music Feel Good: The Significance of Rhythm and Interpretation in Jazz Performance,” New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) State Conference, East Brunswick, NJ, February 19, 2010.
  • “Does Interdependency Promote Learning?” Panel, College Music Society Fifty-First National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, September 25, 2008.
  • Looking At: Jazz, America’s Art Form” film and discussion series, National Endowment for the Humanities in collaboration with Jazz @ Lincoln Center, the American Library Association and Re: New Media, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ, February 7 – May 12, 2007.
  • Presentations offered:
  • New Orleans: The Birthplace of Jazz (February 7, 2007)
  • The Swing Era (February 28, 2007)
  • Concert: Never No Lament: Duke Ellington and the Blanton-Webster Band(March 3, 2007)
  • The Jazz Age (March 14, 2007)
  • Women in Jazz (March 28, 2007)
  • Jazz Innovators: From Bebop to Hard Bop and Cool Jazz (April 18, 2007)
  • Jazz as an International Music (May 9, 2007)
  • Concert:An Evening of Afro-Latin Jazz with trombonist Conrad Herwig and conguero Renato Thoms (May 12, 2007)
  • “A Tale of Two Cities: Views on the Arts and Culture in Black Manhattan and Black Paris,” International Association for Jazz Education Twenty-Ninth International Conference, Toronto, Canada, January 2003.
  • “From the Breath of the Spirit to the Pulse of the Beat: Sound and Sensibility in Brazilian Music,” International Association for Jazz Education Twenty-Eighth International Conference, Long Beach, California, January 2002.
  • “Snake Johnson Speaks: The Ted Curson Interview,” International Association for Jazz Education Twenty-Fourth International Conference, Chicago, Illinois, January 1997.
  • “Black Music Running Into High Speech: The Blues and Jazz in African-American Poetry,” International Association for Jazz Education Twenty-Second International Conference, Anaheim, California, January 1995.
  • “Cubana Bop, Cubana Pop: The Music of Cuba and Its Influence on American Music,” 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 Nineteenth International Conference, Miami, Florida, January 1992.
  • “Changing Paradigms and the Evolution of Jazz,” International Association for Jazz Education Eighteenth International Conference, Washington, D.C., January 1991.
  • “Jazz: Cultural Foundations and Changing Paradigms in America’s Indigenous Art Form,” College Music Society Thirty-Third Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., October 1990.
  • “Cultural Creolization and African-American Transformations in Jazz,” International Association for Jazz Education Seventeenth International Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 1990.
  • “The Free Thinking Don Cherry and Lester Bowie: Trumpeters in the Tradition?” International Association for Jazz Education Sixteenth International Conference, San Diego, California, January 1989.

Non-Refereed Scholarly Presentations

  • Invited Lecture: “The Future of Jazz,” Ursinus College Black History Month Arts & Lecture Series, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, February 15, 2012.
  • Invited Seminar Leader: “Being Guided by the Spirit of We: Jazz and the Process of Creative Collaboration,” 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.
  • Invited Seminar Leader: “Finding the Inspiration to Compose: Creative Strategies for Composing,” Socrates/Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) “Crossing Borders: Innovative Approaches in Integrating Music Education and Cultural Management” sponsored by the European Union and Association of Baltic Academies of Music, Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia, August 23-September 2, 2011.
  • Concert Presentation: “Premiere of Collaborative Group Compositions,” Socrates/Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) “Crossing Borders: Innovative Approaches in Integrating Music Education and Cultural Management,” KuKu Club, Tallinn, Estonia, August 29, 2011 (featured students from Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia).
  • Pre-Concert Talk – Meet the Music and the Composer: “The Dialogic Project: New Music Rooted in Conversational Interplay, Free Exploration, and the Dialogue Between Diverse Musical Influences” with Anthony Branker & Word Play, Arts Council of Princeton, Solley Theater / Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Princeton, NJ, April 3, 2011.
  • Invited Master Class Presentation: “Expressing Our Musical Selves Through Jazz Performance” featuring the Princeton University Jazz Composers Collective, Heino Elleri Nimeline Tartu Muusikakool, Tartu, Estonia, March 16, 2011.
  • Invited Keynote Speaker: “Jazz Performance as a Metaphor for Dialogue, Cooperation, and Community,” Princeton Community Works Conference, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, January 24, 2011.
  • Invited Keynote Speaker: “The Value of an Arts Education,” Piscataway Public Schools Career Day: Skating into a Balanced and Fulfilling Life, Piscataway High School, Piscataway, NJ, March 20, 2010.
  • Invited Panelist with Robert Sean Wilentz and Daphne Brooks: “Innovation and Discovery in Music,” Princeton University Regional Conference – “Big Ideas: Science, Innovation, and Discovery,” Seattle, Washington, July 17, 2009.
  • Invited Seminar Leader: “Looking at Jazz through Multiple Lenses: Examining the Roles of Culture and Creative Collaboration,” Teachers as Scholars (TAS) program for New Jersey Educators at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, January 9, January 23, and February 11, 2009.
  • Invited Composition Presentations: “Crystal Angel” & “Wisdom,” International Jazz Composers Symposium, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, June 13, 2008.
  • Invited Seminar Leader: “Looking at Jazz through Multiple Lenses: Examining the Roles of Culture and Creative Collaboration,” Teachers as Scholars (TAS) program for New Jersey Educators at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, April 25, 2008.
  • Invited Seminar Leader: “Creative Approaches to Modal Jazz Composition,” Socrates/Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) “Crossing Borders Once More: Synthesis of Different Approaches in Interpretation - Improvisation and Contemporary Music sponsored by the European Union and Association of Baltic Academies of Music, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia, August 20-31, 2007.
  • Invited Lecture: “Free Your Mind and Your Creativity Will Follow,” Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia, Department of Pop & Jazz Music, Helsinki, Finland, December 8, 2005.
  • Invited Panel: “The Love Supreme: Spirit in Music, Dance and Plays” – Artists on the Role of Faith in Their Practice; panel discussion and performance of Anthony Branker compositions “Chant for Peace Eternal,” “In God’s Hands” and “Spirit Song,” Princeton University Office of Religious Life, Program in Theater and Dance, Princeton University, 185 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ, April 26, 2004.
  • Invited Presentation: “Modal Jazz Composition and the Creative Process,” Puffin Cultural Theater, Teaneck, NJ, November 21, 2003.                 
  • Public Talk: “What Is Jazz?” – An Outreach Lecture/Concert, Princeton University, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton, NJ, December 8, 2002.
  • Invited Presentation / Performance: “The Essential Jazz Triad: Creativity, Risk and the Conversational Dynamic,” Plexus Institute, Skytop, PA, November 6, 2002.
  • Invited Lecture / Performance: “The Evolution of Jazz Styles,” Drew University, Madison, NJ, December 11, 2001.
  • Invited Presentation / Performance: “Jazz and the Creative Process: A Lecture & Performance,” Plexus Institute, Orlando, Florida, April 25, 1999.
  • Invited Seminar Leader: “New Orleans: City of Jazz,” Princeton University Alumni College Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 10-13, 1997.
  • Invited Presentation / Performance: “An Introduction to the Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance,” National Endowment for the Humanities Paul Robeson Faculty Institute, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, December 1993.

MUSICAL PUBLICATIONS

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

  • Anthony Branker & Word Play (2014). The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite [CD]. Seattle, WA: Origin Records (82663). [with David Binney, Ralph Bowen, Conrad Herwig, Jim Ridl, Kenny Davis, Donald Edwards, Renato Thoms, Alison Crockett, and 5th Grade students from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Piscataway, NJ; featuring a twelve-movement work by composer/musical director Anthony Branker]
  • Anthony Branker & Word Play (2013). Uppity [CD]. Seattle, WA: Origin Records (82635). [with Ralph Bowen, Andy Hunter, Eli Asher, Jim Ridl, Kenny Davis, and Donald Edwards; spotlighting six original compositions by composer/musical director Anthony Branker]
  • Anthony Branker & Ascent (2012). Together [CD]. Seattle, WA: Origin Records (82627). [with Mark Gross, Ralph Bowen, Jonny King, Kenny Davis, and Donald Edwards; spotlighting six original compositions by composer/musical director Anthony Branker] 
  • Anthony Branker & Word Play (2011). Dialogic [CD]. Seattle, WA: Origin Records (82597). [with Ralph Bowen, Jim Ridl, Kenny Davis, and Adam Cruz; spotlighting nine original compositions by composer/musical director Anthony Branker]
  • Anthony Branker & Ascent (2010). Dance Music [CD]. Seattle, WA: Origin Records (82579). [with Tia Fuller, Ralph Bowen, Clifford Adams, Jonny King, Kenny Davis, Adam Cruz, Kadri Voorand, and Freddie Bryant; spotlightingten original compositions by composer/musical director Anthony Branker]
  • Anthony Branker & Ascent (2009) Blessings [CD]. Seattle, WA: Origin Records (82527). [with Steve Wilson, Ralph Bowen, Clifford Adams, Bryan Carrott, Jonny King, Belden Bullock, Wilby Fletcher, and Renato Thoms; spotlightingnine original compositions by composer/musical director Anthony Branker]
  • Anthony Branker & Ascent (2006). Spirit Songs [CD]. New York: Sons of Sound Records (SSPCD028). [with Antonio Hart, Ralph Bowen, Clifford Adams, Jonny King, John Benitez, and Ralph Peterson; spotlightingeight original compositions by composer/musical director Anthony Branker]
  • Anthony Branker (2006). For the Children [CD]. New York: Sons of Sound Records (SSPCD208). (1980). [featuring guitarist Stanley Jordan; spotlighting nine original compositions by Anthony Branker]
  • Jann Parker (2001). Voicings [CD]. New York: JP Productions (1JP286). [composition “Parris in April” performed by Jann Parker, Mark Gross, Aaron Graves, Curtis Lundy, Steve Kroon, and Payton Crossley]
  • Spirit of Life Ensemble (2000). Twenty-5ive [CD]. Jersey City, NJ: Rise Up Productions (RUP100-11). [composition “Parris in April” performed by Talib Kibwe, Vinnie Cutro, Michael Cochrane, Anthony Branker, Guilherme Franco, Calvin Hill, et. Al]
  • T.K. Blue (1999). Another Blue [CD]. New York: Arkadia Records (Arkadia 7364). [composition “Chant for Peace Eternal” performed by Talib Kibwe, Anthony Branker, Bob Ferrell, Michael Cochrane, Calvin Hill, and Greg Bufford]
  • Spirit of Life Ensemble (1998). Collage [CD]. Jersey City, NJ: Rise Up Productions (RUP100-10). [composition “Mentor” performed by Talib Kibwe, Anthony Branker, Clifford Adams, Mark Gross, Michael Cochrane, Guilherme Franco, et. Al]
  • Spirit of Life Ensemble (1997). Live at the Pori Jazz Festival 1996 [CD]. Jersey City, NJ: Rise Up Productions (RUP100-9). [composition “Mentor” performed by Talib Kibwe, Anthony Branker, Bryan Carrott, Belden Bullock, Ted Curson, et. Al]

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/Keropian Filmlabs; Composition: J.C.’s Passion

Compositions Published and Recorded (all published by J Prof Music Publishing/BMI)

  • 90 original compositions have appeared on 21 recording projects on such labels as Origin Records, Sons of Sound Records, Arkadia Records, Rise Up Productions, and PUJE Productions; compositions were recorded by Anthony Branker & Word Play, Anthony Branker & Ascent, T.K. Blue, Spirit of Life Ensemble, Jann Parker, Anthony Branker Quintet, Anthony Branker Sextet and Friends, as well as the C.W. Post University Jazz Ensemble, Hunter College Jazz Ensemble, and the Princeton University: Afro-Groove Ensemble, Fusion Ensemble, Jazz Composers Collective, Ensemble X, and Hard Bop Ensemble (list available upon request)

PERFORMANCES

Selected compositions have been performed in the following venues:

  • Sweet Basil's Jazz Club, New York, NY
  • Iridium Jazz Club, New York, NY
  • The Five Spot, New York, NY
  • Panasonic Village Jazz Festival, New York, NY
  • Symphony Space, New York, NY
  • Jazz Foundation of America, New York, NY
  • Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Concert Hall, NY, NY
  • JVC Jazz Festival, New York, NY
  • ASCAP Jazz Songwriters Showcase, The Fez Under Time Café, New York, NY
  • Trumpets Jazz Club, Montclair, NJ
  • North Texas Jazz Festival, Addison, Texas
  • Duc des Lombards Jazz Club, Paris, France
  • Pori International Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland
  • Finnish National Television, Pori, Finland
  • National Public Radio (NPR)
  • Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival, Mt. Fuji, Japan
  • Leningrad/St. Petersburg International Jazz Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • “Good Music” Festival, Esbjerg, Denmark
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia
  • Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg, Germany
  • Vibe Jazz Club, Hong Kong, China
  • Shanghai Jazz Orchestra; Shanghai, China
  • Klaipeda Festival, Lithuania
  • Estonia International Jazz Festival, Tartu, Estonia
  • Kaunas International Jazz Festival, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Russian National Radio Broadcast, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Club Jazz, Bremen, Germany
  • Geneva Night Club, Narva, Estonia (recorded for Estonian National Radio)
  • Chamber Hall, Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Philly Joe’s Jazz Club, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Lindakivi Kultuurikeskus (Cultural Center), Tallinn, Estonia
  • Theatre No. 99, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Estonian National Television (ETV)
  • Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College (CUNY), New York, NY
  • Solley Theater, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ
  • Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • Lake George Jazz Festival, Lake George, NY
  • Puffin Cultural Theater Jazz Series, Teaneck, NJ

Compositions have been performed and/or recorded by:
Princeton University Orchestra, David Binney, Mark Gross, Tia Fuller, Steve Wilson, Antonio Hart, Ralph Bowen, Conrad Herwig, Andy Hunter, Clifford Adams, Eli Asher, Jonny King, Jim Ridl, Bryan Carrott, Kenny Davis, John Benitez, Belden Bullock, Donald Edwards, Adam Cruz, Ralph Peterson Jr., Wilby Fletcher, Renato Thoms, Kadri Voorand, Freddie Bryant, Talib Kibwe (TK Blue), Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderson, Steve Nelson, Victor Lewis, 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, Marc Bernstein, and the Spirit of Life Ensemble.

Conducted the following Artists in Concert:

Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Terence Blanchard, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Conrad Herwig, Oliver Lake, Frank Foster, Benny Carter, Ted Curson, Stanley Jordan, Bobby Watson, Bob Mintzer, Ralph Peterson, Steve Nelson, Antonio Hart, Freddie Hendrix, 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, Alison Crockett, Benny Powell, Patience Higgins, Belden Bullock, and Winston Byrd.

Selected Performances as Trumpeter – Internationally and in the United States:
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); 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); Wave Hill Jazz Series (Bronx, NY); The Priory Jazz Club (Newark, NJ); Club Deltas (New Brunswick, NJ); Konover Hotel (Miami, Florida); Gramercy Theater (New York, NY); WPA Theater (New York, NY); John Harms Performing Arts Center (Englewood, 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); South Street Seaport (New York, NY); 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); The Peddie School Jazz Series (Hightstown, NJ).

Performed in Concert with:
Benny Carter, Ted Curson, Stanley Jordan, Terence Blanchard, Ralph Peterson, Steve Nelson, Don Braden, Jonny King, Walt Weiskopf, Valery Ponomarev, Bryan Carrott, Rick Margitza, Ralph Bowen, Mark Gross, Talib Kibwe, Clifford Adams, Jeffery Smith, Guilherme Franco & Nova Bossa Nova, Michael Cochrane, Calvin Hill, James Weidman, Big John Patton, Gary Burton, Jack Walrath, Eddie Henderson, Billy Higgins, Randy Weston, Roscoe Mitchell, Ron McClure, the R&B group Tavares, and have performed in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production of “Dinah Was: The Dinah Washington Musical.”

CONSULTATIONS / EXTERNAL REVIEW COMMITTEE

  • University of Jyväskylä, Department of Music, Finland – Pre-Examiner (2nd Reader) for doctoral dissertation “Developing Practical Approaches to Teaching Harmony at Mainstream Classical and Jazz Tertiary Music Education Using Combined Materials Selected from Baroque Period and Standard Jazz Repertoire” (January 2015).
  • Rutgers University/Mason Gross School of the Arts – Promotion Evaluation for tenure-track faculty member to rank of Full Professor of Jazz Studies (August, 2014).
  • International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education – Member of International Review Panel for paper presentation submissions to the 4th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education, Music Assessment and Global Diversity: Practice, Measurement, and Policy, National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan, April 10-13, 2013 (October/November 2012).
  • U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program/Council for the International Exchange of Scholars –Member of Peer Review Committee evaluating faculty candidates for U.S. Fulbright Scholar International Awards in Music (three-year appointment, 2010-2012).
  • Columbia University Department of Music – Member of External Review Committee evaluating Music Performance Program (MPP) [Report provided an assessment of the Music Performance Program with a focus on mission, facilities, structure and staffing, role of performance in the academic mission of the department, private lesson program, Columbia’s Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program (LAJPP), integration of Choral/Vocal program with MPP, as well as development and endowment initiatives] (February, 2011).
  • Rutgers University/Mason Gross School of the Arts – Tenure and Promotion Evaluation for tenure-track Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies (August, 2008).
  • Stony Brook University (SUNY) – External member of the Doctor of Musical Arts final examining committee for D.M.A. candidate in piano performance (December 2006).
  • Colgate University – Tenure and Promotion Evaluation for tenure-track Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies (June, 2004).
  • Colgate University – Evaluation for Third Year Faculty Evaluation of tenure-track Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies (November, 2002).
  • Manhattan School of Music – Consultation for and Evaluation of proposed Doctor of Musical Arts degree program in Jazz Arts Advancement with a shared emphasis in performance, composition, and pedagogy. Review resulted in a consultant’s report and separate assessment document that examined program mission, curriculum, faculty, student composition & recruitment, resources and feasibility of implementation (June 2002). [**Manhattan School of Music’s Jazz D.M.A. program was subsequently approved by the NY State Office of Higher Education, October, 2002].   
  • New York State Office of Higher Education – Evaluation of proposed Master of Arts Program in Jazz Studies at Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus. Review resulted in an assessment document that examined program mission, curriculum, faculty, student composition & recruitment, resources and feasibility of implementation (October 2000).
  • Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies/The Juilliard School – Consultation with President Joseph Polisi regarding philosophy, mission and proposed program content (June 1999).

SELECTED HONORS  / AWARDS

  • Named in Down Beat magazine’s 62nd Annual Critics Poll as “Rising Star Composer,” 2014.

  • Global Music Awards Silver Medal (album) The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite by         Anthony Branker & Word Play, 2014.

  • Global Music Awards Bronze Medal (composition) The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite,            2014.

  • Grammy® Music Educator Award Nominee, The GRAMMY Foundation, 2013.

  • 12th Annual Independent Music Awards nomination in the Jazz Song (Composition) category      for the composition “Let’s Conversate!” from the Anthony Branker & Word Play Uppity CD on Origin Records, 2013.

  • Princeton University Research Grant from the Committee on Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences and matching grant funds from Princeton University Department of Music for CD publication subvention project in jazz composition: The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite (Origin Records), 2013; Together (Origin Records), 2012; Dialogic  (Origin Records), 2011; Dance Music (Origin Records), 2009; Blessings (Origin Records), 2007.

  • Barr Ferree Foundation Publication Fund Research Grant from the Department of Art & Archeology for CD publication subvention project in jazz composition: The Forward             (Towards Equality) Suite (Origin Records), 2013; Uppity (Origin Records), 2013; Together (Origin Records), 2012; Dialogic (Origin Records), 2011.

  • Awarded the endowed chair of The Anthony H.P. Lee ’79 Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies in          the Department of Music at Princeton University, 2010.

  • New Jersey Jazz Education Achievement Award Winner, for “Outstanding Accomplishment         in the Field of Jazz Studies and Continued Dedication to the New Jersey Jazz Education             Community,” from New Jersey Association for Jazz Education and presented at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), 2009.

  • John Lennon International Songwriting Contest, Honorable Mention Award in Jazz for “Sacred Song,” 2008.

  • Received grant in partnership with the Program in Latin American Studies from Princeton           University Council on the Humanities to bring Grammy-Award nominated pianist/composer Omar Sosa in residence as Short-Term Humanities Fellow in the Program in Latin American Studies and University Jazz Program, March 24-28, 2008.

  • Named to Who’s Who Among American Teachers & Educators, 2007.

  • Looking At: Jazz, America’s Art Form project grant from the National Endowment for the          Humanities in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, the American Library  Association and Re: New Media (in partnership with the Princeton Public Library), 2006-2007.

  • Composition Commission from The Commission Project®, Rochester, New York for new           work for jazz sextet plus funding to support jazz residency for the Williamsport Area School District, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, April, 2006.

  • U.S. Fulbright Scholar Lecturing Award, Estonian Academy of Music, Tallinn, Estonia.     September 2005-January 2006.

  • Composition Commission from The Commission Project®, Rochester, New York for new           work for jazz octet plus funding to support Composer-in-Residence project at Piscataway     High School, Piscataway, New Jersey, March-June, 2005.

  • Alumni Award from the Association of Black Princeton Alumni “recognizing alumni who            through their careers and service to Princeton, exemplify the type of performance and          spirit that ABPA considers noteworthy for their excellence and value as symbols to other      Princetonians,” Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, May 29, 2004.

  • Composition Commission from The Commission Project®, Rochester, New York for two            works for jazz septet plus funding to support Composer-in-Residence project at           Piscataway High School, Piscataway, New Jersey, March-May, 2004.

  • “Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart Award” presented by Sri Chinmoy, Friends Center, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, July 28, 2003.  

  • United States Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award, United States Department of    Education, 1999.

  • Piscataway Education Association Distinguished Alumni “Wall of Fame” Award, 1997.

  • Ursinus College Faculty Development Grant in Jazz Composition, 1994.

  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Institute for Arts and Humanities Education, 1993.

  • International Association of Jazz Educators Award for Outstanding Service to Jazz            Education, 1991.

  • Ursinus College Faculty Development Grant in Jazz Composition, 1990.

  • International Association of Jazz Educators Composition Contest Co-Winner, 1989.

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowship, Yale University, 1989.

  • Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies Summer Seminar Fellowship, 1988.

  • International Association of Jazz Educators Composition Contest Winner, 1986.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS / MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member, Chamber Music America, 2014-
  • Member, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), 2009-
  • Member, International Society for Music Education, 2009-
  • Member, International Society for Improvised Music, 2009-
  • Member, College Music Society, 2008- ; 1986-1996.
  • Member, National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC), 2005- ; 1987-92
  • Member, New Jersey Music Educators Association, 2005-
  • Member, BMI Composers & Publishers, 1998-

SERVICE TO THE LARGER COMMUNITY

  • Performance Committee, Arts Council of Princeton, 2011-2013.

  • Executive Board of the New Jersey Chapter of the International Association for Jazz       Education, Higher Education Liaison, June 2005-2013.

  • Advisory Board, Modern Improvisational Music Appreciation (MIMA), 2004-2010.

  • Board of Trustees, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, 2004-2007.

  • Artistic Director for Hunter College Jazz Forum Series: Valery Ponomarev Quintet, Michael         Cochrane Quartet, Nova Bossa Nova, Spirit of Life Ensemble, Jamie Baum Quintet, Michael Hill Blues Mob; 1996 -2000.

  • Programming Consultant for Princeton University Concerts Jazz Series: Roy Hargrove     Quintet, Stanley Jordan, Benny Carter Quartet, Mingus Big Band, Dr. Billy Taylor Trio, Kenny Garrett Quartet, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Steve Turré and Sanctified Shells, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, Randy Weston and the African Rhythms Ensemble, David Murray Big Band, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Nicholas Payton and the Soul Patrol, Bob Mintzer Big Band, Bobby Sanabria and Ascensíon, Ray Vega and His Latin Jazz Sextet, Spirit of Life Ensemble; 1994-2006.

  • Community outreach programs in New Jersey for Trenton State Prison, Jersey City Public           Housing Authority, Jersey City Public Library Programs, Arts Council of Princeton,             Roosevelt Arts Project, and Highland Park Arts Council; 1990 -1999.

  • Produced community concerts for Arts & Lecture Series at Ursinus College featuring: Count Basie Orchestra, Clifford Jordan Quartet, Out of the Blue (O.T.B.), Renee Rosnes  Quartet, Valery Ponomarev and Universal Language, Jane Ira Bloom Trio, Spirit of Life  Ensemble, Charles Fambrough Quintet, Rick Margitza Quartet, Michael Philip Mossman Quintet, Michael Cochrane Quartet, Bryan Carrott Quartet, Clifford Adams Jr. and Inner Flight, Leslie Burrs Duo, Bright Moments, Doug Markley Band, and the Jonny King/Freddie Bryant Quintet; 1986-96.