Headlining the 2014 GRandJazzFest event is trumpeter and vocalist Rick Braun. Nearly 20 years into his solo career, the Allentown, Pennsylvania-born Braun’s first big break came when he composed Here With Me, a Top 20 hit for REO Speedwagon. He soon became a highly regarded pop sideman, touring and recording with Rod Stewart, War, Sade, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole and Tom Petty. Braun takes the stage in the prime performance slot Saturday evening during GRandJazzFest.
The trumpeter became a fixture with his debut, Intimate Secrets. His records have ranked in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart with Kisses in the Rain reigning at No. 1 for 11 weeks. His singles have held the No. 1 position on the R&R NAC/Smooth Jazz album charts. This summer, he releases a brand-new album, Human Nature, along with Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown, which pays tribute to Michael Jackson. (More at rickbraun.com.)