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Rick Braun was born in Allentown, PA – and it was the size of his childhood home that largely determined his musical interest.  Braun recalls that he really wanted to play drums, but with a large family and a small house, that wasn't exactly popular.  The trumpet was a more practical option.

After attending the prestigious Eastman School of Music, Braun caught a break when he co-wrote a top 20 hit for REO Speedwagon entitled "Here With Me."  He went on to be a popular touring partner for Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Tom Petty and Glenn Frey.  His detour from rock into smooth jazz was by accident, when his demo tapes wound up in the hands of one of the biggest contemporary jazz labels of the day.  After touring with Sade on her Love Deluxe tour, his foray into instrumental music was solidified.

Braun has gone on to become one of the most successful producers and performers in smooth jazz, collaborating with everyone from Marc Antoine and Jeff Golub to Boney James and Richard Elliot.

He lives in L.A. with his wife and their two children.

  • He once worked as a waterbed salesman.
  • He learned to play trumpet in part by playing along to Herb Alpert records.
  • At one time, Braun thought about becoming a doctor.

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