• Radio Residency

    July 2, 2013

    I am in residence for the month of July on WBEZ Chicago.  That means that I’ll be playing on air every Monday during the Morning Shift program.  Here’s the whole schedule of my collaborations: 7/1: Duo with Steve Doyle 7/8: Trio Mokili w Junius Paul & Makaya McCraven 7/15: Duo with Zambian artist M...


  • New Music with Stevie Doyle

    May 23, 2013

    I’m very excited to be collaborating with the amazing Steve Doyle on a new body of duets.  Check out a couple of demos on the LISTEN page, and watch for us at City Winery and the Hideout this summer.  The rule suggested by Steve for repertoire is that each new song we add needs to […]...


  • Ferst School

    April 12, 2013

    The Occidental Brothers played a couple of sets for the special-needs  students at Ferst School today in Chicago.  Unbelievable experience–the students and their teachers/caretakers were so inspiring!  Never stop learning....


  • Reggae One Hundred

    December 11, 2012

    This session, I charted and taught my 100th tune for the Old Town School’s Reggae Ensemble. Still so many good tunes to do! Can’t wait for next session. 54-46 Was My Number – Toots and the Maytals A Love I Can Feel – John Holt Addis Ababa – Skatalites Ah It Mek – Desmond Dekker […]...


  • New Sounds

    December 6, 2012

    I’ve been working on a set of fingerstyle guitar pieces and had the pleasure to drop some of them on stage at Chicago’s Whistler last week.  Just threw some demos on the “listen” page… let me know what you think!...


  • OTSFM Ensemble Concert

    November 27, 2012

    Please join me as my OTSFM classes present their graduation concert: Kill Yr Idols: The Clash Reggae the Afrobeat Jam Session Songwriters’ Ensemble It happens at the Independence Tap, 3932 W irving Park Road Sunday December 16, 3pm...


  • OTSFM Afrobeat Openhouse

    November 27, 2012

    Please join my Afrobeat Ensemble and Rick Neuhouse’s Djembe 2 class as we get together for an open class collaboration/performance.  2:30 in Szold Hall on Saturday December 15!...


  • End of October

    November 2, 2012

    hello, all, so ends a busy week that included: + last day of classes and graduation concerts for the OTSFM + a tour of the musical instrument collection in Chicago’s Field Museum, focusing primarily upon the 1893 Sundanese Gamelan with Jamie Kelly and Andrew Mall + Giving a guest lecture on African guitar music at [&h...


  • the photo

    October 15, 2012

    yes, that’s my teaching studio where I log a lot of hours listening, charting, practicing, and playing with my son who is excellent on mandolin!  The photo is by my friend, the very talented Kate Joyce....


  • Welcome to the New One

    October 14, 2012

    Braddock celebrates the DEATH OF THE WEB with the launching of this website, designed by the ever crafty Andrew Rench.  Andy is also the designer on all of the Occidental Brothers cds and t-shirts. More coming soon, including music and student resources!...