Brandee Younger is a classically trained musician who plays in the avant-garde tradition of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane and is known for expressive interpretations of traditional harp repertoire as well as her continued work with a diverse cross-section of musical talents. As an educator, event curator, performer, and leader of the Brandee Younger Jazz Harp Quartet, she delivers a consistently fresh take on the ancient instrument.
As a classical musician, Younger has been a soloist with The Harlem Chamber Players as well as the Impulse Artist Series. She has also performed with an array of ensembles including the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Soulful Symphony, Ensemble Du Monde, Camerata New York, and the Red Bull Artsehcro. She has worked and recorded with a number of jazz luminaries including Jack DeJohnette, Pharoah Sanders, Christian McBride, Ravi Coltrane, Wycliffe Gordon, Charlie Haden, Rashied Ali, Butch Morris, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Kenny Garrett, and Bill Lee. Her work in R&B and hip hop has found her sharing studios and stages with John Legend, Common, Drake, Salaam Remi, and Lauryn Hill. Since the debut of her seminal album Prelude EP (2011), she has produced an impressive body of work including Brandee Younger Live @ The Breeding Ground, a breakthrough performance on Revive Music’s Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 (2015), and the critically acclaimed Wax & Wane (2016).
Younger earned undergraduate degrees in Harp Performance and Music Business from The Hartt School of the University of Hartford and attended graduate school at New York University. She has taught at Adelphi University, Nassau Community College, The Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford, and currently is a private instructor and teacher at Greenwich House Music School. She also serves as Symphonic and Jazz Harp Artist in Residence at the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts. Younger recently served as curator of the weekly Harp On Park lunchtime concert series for Arts Brookfield.