Charles Brackeen

Charles Brackeen (born March 13, 1940 in Eufaula, Oklahoma, United States)[1][2] was an American jazz saxophonist who primarily plays tenor saxophone, but also plays soprano saxophone. He was married to pianist Joanne Brackeen;[1] they have since divorced, and they have four children.[2]

Charles Brackeen
Born (1940-03-13) March 13, 1940 (age 81)
Eufaula, Oklahoma, United States
DiedNovember 2021
LabelsStrata-East, Silkheart

Brackeen originally studied violin and piano before switching to saxophone at the age of 10.[1] He played in a recording with members of the Ornette Coleman Quartet in 1968 and on Jazz Composer's Orchestra recordings by Don Cherry (1973), Leroy Jenkins (1975), and Paul Motian for ECM (1978 and 1979).[1] He recorded again as a leader in 1987, when he recorded two albums for Silkheart Records.[1] He also has a quartet which produced Worshippers Come Nigh, among other works, in 1995.


As LeaderEdit

As sidemanEdit

with Ahmed Abdullah
with Don Cherry
with Dennis González
  • Namesake (Silkheart, 1987)
  • Debenge, Debenge (Silkheart, 1988)
  • The Desert Wind (Silkheart, 1989)
with Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society
  • Eye On You (About Time, 1980)
  • Nasty (Moers Music, 1981)
with Paul Motian


  1. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 311. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ a b arwulf, arwulf [sic]. "Charles Brackeen". AllMusic. Retrieved January 3, 2011.