Thomas Braxton is a composer, producer, and musician, who has been thrilling audiences for nearly two decades with his distinct melodic sound. This Lubbock native has been referred to as “one of smooth jazz’s most prolific saxophonists.” As a young boy having a dream of becoming a jazz musician, he, fortunately, had a direct link to this creative art form through his dad, James “J.T.” Braxton, who put a sax in his hands when he was in the 6th grade, after playing piano for two years. During his career, Tom has recorded nine albums, including The Other Side, The Next Chapter, Endless Highway, and Imagine This on the Pacific Coast Jazz label and Bounce on the Rendezvous label. Braxton’s music can be heard on the radio and television airwaves nationwide. His albums have hit numerous jazz charts, including Billboard, RadioWave, SmoothJazz.com, Groove Jazz Music, Capital Jazz Radio, and Amazon. He toured extensively with Wayman Tisdale for 17 years, also serving as Musical Director, and has been a frequent featured performer on the Smooth Jazz Cruise since 2005. Tom has performed as a headliner at the first Smooth Jazz Europe Festival in the Netherlands and the Nile Gold Jazz Safari in Uganda. He was a featured performer at the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the Stanbic Jazz Festival in Accra, Ghana. Tom has toured with Earl Klugh in South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, and Japan and Keiko Matsui in Russia, Eastern Europe, Malaysia, and Japan. Braxton has shared the stage with many great artists and featured in many media programs and publications.
Thomas Braxton was inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in 2017.