Barry Brake has been making music professionally since the age of 14.
He is now a free-lance composer, arranger, performer, and producer of music, with numerous film soundtracks, stage shows, commercials, and CDs to his name. The San Antonio Current has described him as a "respected pianist-composer" whose music "captivates us all." His clients include Subaru, Jeep, Taco Bell, Sea World, Turner Broadcasting, and the Wall Street Journal. He has also produced and co-produced albums for numerous artists including crooner Ken Slavin, award-winning children's singer Owen Duggan, and progressive jazz artist Mike Brannon (for a CD that includes the final tracks recorded by legendary drummer Don Alias).
More to the point, he's been honing a soulful sound for quite some time now, and always desires to get right to the human heart of a song.
About the Jazz Protagonists
The Jazz Protagonists have been making music, delighting audiences, and getting awards since they started together in 1990. The San Antonio Express-News has called them "classy and classic," "irrepressible," and "top-flight," and says that in "the world of the Jazz Protagonists. . . the music is hot and cool, . . . art and fun coexist." Their specialty is classic jazz in the tradition of Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Oscar Peterson, and Nat King Cole. Their popular and influential weekly radio show, "The Protagonists Jazz Party," airs at 9pm every Tuesday on krtu.org .
In January of 2011, they played a standing-room-only 20th-anniversary gig at the historic Landing, one of the great epicenters of jazz in America, thanks to the legendary Jim Cullum and his "Riverwalk Live" on NPR.