Two-time winner of Downbeat International Critics’ Poll for best pianist, and two-time NEA grant-winner, Ms. Brackeen has been described as a “virtuoso pianist, one of jazz’s most prized possessions.” She has performed and/or recorded with Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Pharaoh Sanders, Freddie Hubbard, Dave Liebman, Toots Thielmans, Jon Faddis, Eddie Gomez, and Jack DeJohnette. Leading her own groups, she has performed in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Venues have included the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institute, Carnegie Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall, as well as the JVC, Monterey, Montreal, North Sea, and Montreux Jazz Festivals. With more than 25 recordings as a leader, Ms. Brackeen is currently a recording artist for Arkadia Records. Her most recent CD, Pink Elephant Magic, received a Grammy nomination in January 2000.