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Jaimie Branch is a trumpet player living in Red Hook, Brooklyn, but her heart still lies in Chicago. She developed amongst the titans of the music scene there before spending a short stint in Baltimore, where she studied with the master trumpeter Dave Ballou. Now in New York, she has emerged as one of the more exciting band leaders in the jazz scene today, especially through her two Fly or Die projects.
Her original Fly or Die project – live – could sound like Don Cherry’s focused, atonal wail soaring over the psychedelic, art rock of Pink Floyd. Fly or Die II is much more indebted to the work of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and other AACM-adjacent artists, showcasing a sonic palette ranging from shrieking strings to Afro-Cuban grooves.
She leads Fly or Die II as part of the Kennedy Center’s Direct Current festival, a celebration of modern art.