Mr. B’s Birthday Bounce Mr. B’s Birthday Bounce

Mark Braun





Mr. B’s Birthday Bounce


  • Mark Lincoln Braun, piano

Event Details

Jazz, boogie woogie and blues pianist Mark Lincoln Braun (a.k.a. Mr. B.) returns to Kerrytown Concert House for his annual Birthday Bounce! Don't wait to make your reservation, this is one of our signature events!

This concert is made possible by the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at KCH. 

Mark Lincoln Braun

“The future of blues piano is in good hands with Mr. B.” - Jazz News International

Blues and boogie-woogie pianist Mark Lincoln Braun is one of the premiere purveyors of a vanishing art. Having learned his craft first-hand from the early masters-- blues and boogie legends Little Brother Montgomery, Boogie Woogie Red, and Blind John Davis --Mark is a rare living link to the first generation of blues and boogie pianists. 

In demand for both educational programs and concert performances, Mark has performed coast to coast and throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, and South America. Born and raised in Flint, Michigan Mark gravitated to Ann Arbor in the 70s where the Blind Pig was an important venue for boogie and blues piano. While absorbing the tradition and developing his own approach, Mr. B was also listening to a variety of jazz pianists, especially those with strong blues roots. This broad range of interests enables him to feel equally at home playing boogie woogie classics with authentic fervor, and expanding the tradition into lively new settings, including jazz orchestra. Today he further promotes his art and breaks down stylistic barriers by frequently collaborating with world renowned mainstream jazz pianists including Monty Alexander, Henry Butler, Benny Green, Ray Bryant, Sir Charles Thompson, and Junior Mance. Mark has appeared on numerous National Public Radio broadcasts, including “Mountain Stage,” “Good Evening,” “Our Front Porch,” “The Flea Market,” “At the Bride,” and “All Things Considered.”

Mr. Bʼs many critically acclaimed recordings also demonstrate his breadth and originality. His most recent, for which Mr. B assembled nine noted Ann Arbor-area pianists and benefits youth in the arts and athletics, is 9 Pianists – Our Town, Our Time. Live at the Kerrytown Concert House shows the solo pianist playing original takes on blues and boogie standards while “Joybox” features him stretching out on his own compositions supported by bass and drums. With legendary jazz greats J. C. Heard and Marcus Belgrave, he recorded “Partners in Time.” His recording of trios and duets (“My Sunday Best”) features the renowned be-bop drummer Roy Brooks. Mr. Bʼs collaboration with the 15-piece Bird of Paradise Orchestra (“Hallelujah Train”) has produced an original and explosive blend of boogie, blues, and big band jazz. Most recently he has collaborated in the studio with some of todayʼs premiere blues artists, including John Hammond (“Found True Love”), Duke Robillard (“Dangerous Place”), and Big Bill Morganfield (“Ramblinʼ Mind”) among many others.

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