Jazz drummer/bandleader Chuck Braman

Are you considering a jazz trio for your restaurant?
You’ve found the right bandleader

For over three decades, I’ve been leading jazz trios that have performed in some of the finest restaurants, landmarks and hotels in New York City, including the B.R. Guest Restaurants (Blue Fin, Blue Water Grille), The Rink Bar(Rockefeller Center), The Broadway Lounge (Marriott Marquee, Times Square), The Modern (The Museum of Modern Art), as well as leading larger bands in jazz clubs like Birdland and the 55 Bar (see the Quartet page). Throughout that time, I’ve developed a knowledge of how to best combine the requirements of creating incredible jazz that your listening customers will love with the requirements of properly “playing the room,”  i.e., adjusting our volume levels and manner of performance to suit the needs of diners.

Guitar Trio “Reflections”
Guitar Trio “Change of Heart”
“Chuck conducted himself and ran his business with the highest degree of professionalism and class. He has an incredible network of professionals so when we wanted to mix it up a bit Chuck always had the right musician on deck. Running one of the highest volume restaurants in Manhattan and offering live jazz seven nights a week, I can confidently say that Chuck and the trios he assembled were the best of the bunch!”
—Joel Halperin, former Regional Supervisor and Executive General Manager, Hillstone Restaurant

Why have one good band,
when you can have a variety of great ones?

Because I’m a drummer rather than a lead instrumentalist, I use a variety of lead instrumentalists for my trios, from guitarists to pianists to vibraphonists, thereby offering you a variety of bands with unique repertoires, sounds and styles. I moved to New York City to be inspired by the greatest jazz musicians in the world. When you hire my bands, you’ll be hiring these incredible world-class jazz artists as well.

Vibraphone Quartet “Nua Idea”
Vibraphone Quartet “Say It Isn’t So”
Vibraphone Trio “Dom Del Ilujir”
Vibraphone Trio “Walkin’ Shoes”
Vibraphone Quartet “Como En Vietnam”
Vibraphone Quartet “Shuffle Boil”
“I was extremely happy with the band and the selection of music played. Mr. Braman always conducted himself in a professional manner, the band always on time, and the music performed set a festive atmosphere for the outdoor bar and dining crowd. I have gotten many comments from my regular guests and employees on how much they enjoyed the music that Chuck and the band played. I feel the music generated additional business to The Rink Bar.”
—Ken Gordon, Vice President of Operations at Patina Restaurant Group, former manager of The Rink Bar (Rockefeller Center)

Treat your customers to something special

There are a lot of great restaurants in New York City. Distinguish yourself from your competitors by offering something special that they don’t have. Great live jazz is one of the things that makes New York City the greatest city in the world. Treat your customers to the best that New York has to offer.

Piano Trio “The Duke”
Piano Trio“Bom Amigos”
Piano Trio“Einbahnstrasse”
“B.R. Guest has been enjoying the musicianship of Chuck Braman for a period of over 5 years. Chuck Braman has always shown the utmost professionalism and tact while also providing progressive yet listenable jazz for our customers. I hope to continue working with Chuck for as long as he permits and I also have chosen to recommend Chuck Braman for any special parties that I get for the same reasons listed above; professionalism and musicianship.”
—Andrew Emer, former Musical Director for B.R. Guest Restaurants (Blue Fin, Blue Water Grille)