Emmy-Award Winning, Juilliard-Trained Musician Braxton Cook Shares Poignant New Single “Indie”

January 13, 2023 BY Jason Currell

Today, Emmy Award-WinningJulliard-trained jazz-R&B artist Braxton Cook unveils another taste of his forthcoming LP Who Are You When No One Is Watching?, with the elegant, saxophone-driven song “Indie.” The song reflects on his humble beginnings as an independent artist, learning under his mentor Christian Scott, touring with Tom Misch, recording with Phony Ppl, Jon Batiste, and more. The moody and atmospheric tune tells the story of his journey with elevated instrumentation. Listen to “Indie” on all digital retailers (here).

Braxton explains, “When I composed this tune I set out to depict the journey that I’ve been on as an independent Jazz artist. Navigating the ups and downs of the music industry as an independent artist has been incredibly rewarding but equally challenging. For most of my career, I haven’t had management or an agent, and had minimal PR all the while providing for my family. I’ve been incredibly blessed to have had such a beautiful career thus far. It’s taken a lot of work, faith, prayer and fortune and my goal is to make the most of these amazing opportunities and relationships in my life. Now a father and husband, music has taken on an even deeper role and purpose in my life and this song as well as my album serves as my attempt to honor the people, values and tenants that got me to where I am today.”  

“Indie” follows the R&B-leaning “90s,” a collaboration with his friend Masego. Both tracks will also appear on Braxton’s highly anticipated fifth full-length album which was recently named in BET’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2023 List. Who Are You When No One Is Watching? is out February 24th, 2023 via Nettwerk. Pre-save it (here).


In the time since his acclaimed 2020 release, Fire Sign, Braxton has been busy writing and releasing new material, touring around the U.S., and expanding his sonic palette working on collaborations with producer Jahaan Sweet (production credit on Taylor Swift’s “Lavender Haze” and Giveon’s “Tryina Be”) and contemporaries like Kiefer and MasegoWho Are You When No One Is Watching? marks his second release with Nettwerk after sharing the striking new EP Black Mona Lisa in September. Cook’s boundary-pushing odyssey will include standouts singles like “MB (for Ma’Khia Bryant)” and “90s” featuring Masego, which have received positive acclaim from Billboard, NPR Music, PAPER, OkayPlayer, Jazziz Magazine, and more.

In addition, Braxton Cook embarks on the first leg of his 2023 headlining U.S. tour which kicks off in Los Angeles at the Lodge Room presented by Jazz is Dead. Find the full list of dates below and stay tuned for a second round of dates to come! Tickets are on sale now! For more information visit: https://www.braxtoncook.com/.

Watch & Share Braxton Cook – “MB (for Ma’Khia Bryant)” Live at the Blue Note:


Mar 02              Los Angeles, CA @ The Lodge Room

Mar 04              San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

Mar 05              San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

Mar 09              Santa Cruz, CA @ Kuumbwa Jazz

Mar 10              Portland, OR @ Jack London Revue

Mar 11              Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club

Mar 12              Seattle, WA @ Madame Lou’s

What The Press Is Saying…

“…a refreshing jazz-R&B take on Black love…” – Billboard

“genre-jumping artist whose music feels both contemporary and timeless” – NPR Music

“visceral, virtuosic” – The New Yorker

“…powerful… rich… avant-garde…” – PAPER Magazine

“marvel, prodigy” – FADER

“Cook’s soulful sound seamlessly intertwines jazz with funk, soul, and gospel, a testament to the passionate and thoughtful work he puts out” – OkayPlayer

“[‘I Can’t’] is a smooth and beautiful love song with a joyful instrumental final minute” – COMPLEX