Alan Michael Braufman

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Alan Michael
Birth nameAlan Michael Braufman
Born (1951-05-22) May 22, 1951 (age 68)
  • musician
  • composer
Associated acts

Alan Michael Braufman (performing as Alan Michael); born May 22, 1951 in Brooklyn, NY), is an American jazz musician, saxophonist, flutist and composer.

Braufman graduated from Boston’s Berklee College of Music where he met Cooper-Moore (then Gene Ashton) and other musicians who moved to New York City in 1973 and occupied a vacant building at 501 Canal Street in lower Manhattan.[1] The building became a hub for musicians to practice and perform and its occupants played a seminal role in New York City's early-seventies loft jazz scene.[2]

In 1974, Village Voice jazz critic Gary Giddins wrote a review of Braufman’s performance called "Taking Chances At 501 Canal," stating “The fact is, these are the musicians who are taking the chances today and their gifts and commitment ought to be attended.”[3]

In 1975, Braufman's debut album Valley of Search was released on the India Navigation record label. The album was recorded live in the performance space at 501 Canal Street by Bob Cummins, the owner of India Navigation and was the label’s second release.[4] Cooper-Moore, Cecil McBee, David Lee and Ralph Williams performed as Braufman's band.[5] After being out of print for decades and sought after by record collectors around the world, a remastered version of Valley of Search will be reissued on vinyl and digital formats on June 29, 2018, a project of Braufman's and his nephew, Nabil Ayers.

After Valley of Search, Braufman spent much of the seventies and eighties touring as a saxophonist with Carla Bley, The Psychedelic Furs and Philip Glass. Braufman later dropped his last name and began to record and perform as Alan Michael.

In 1988, Alan Michael released the album Lost In Asia on the Passport Jazz label. The album included performances by Bill Frisell and Sid McGinnis as well as a cover of the Psychedelic Furs song "Sister Europe. In 1995, Alan Michael released the album As Daylight Fades, on which Omar Hakim played drums.[6]

He currently lives in Salt Lake City, UT where he performs regularly. In 2016, the Alan Michael Band was nominated and received 2nd place for Best Jazz Artist by the Salt Lake City Weekly.[7][8]

Discography[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

Title Release date Notes Label
Valley of Stream 1975 Recorded at 501 Canal Street in New York City, released under Alan Braufman India Navigation
Lost in Asia 1988 as Alan Michael Passport Jazz
As Daylight Fades 1995 as Alan Michael Collective Fruit

References[edit | hide | edit source]

  2. Heller, Michael C. (2017). Loft Jazz: Improvising New York in the 1970s. Oakland, CA: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0520285415.