Trumpeter and vocalist Mark Braud is the quintessence of the New Orleans spirit. His energetic interpretations of melody craft a freshly unpredictable spin on the tradition of jazz and the down-home, honest grooves of New Orleans. Born in New Orleans, Braud comes from a family of world-renowned musicians. Traditional jazz, R&B and the great American songbook inspire his engaging music.
Braud has been a member of Harry Connick Jr.'s band since 2001 and is in the band on Connick’s syndicated television show, Harry. He served as the leader of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band from 2008 to 2016. He has played with a who's who of the music industry, ranging from the Treme Brass Band, the Marsalis family, and the Blind Boys of Alabama, all the way to the Foo Fighters, John Oates, Tom Waits, My Morning Jacket, Mos Def and Erykah Badu.
Braud’s work as a composer and performer can be seen in several episodes of Treme, American Horror Story, Sonic Highways and NCIS: New Orleans.
Braud has the ability to charm audiences both large and small. He has played many of the world's premier music venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, the White House, the Grand Palace for the King of Thailand, and more intimate settings--the Blue Note, Snug Harbor, Ronnie Scott's and Preservation Hall.