Jaimie Branch passed away at the age of 39 and was a renowned international trumpeter with a demotic sense of humor to unusual music.

On stage, in loose clothes and sporting distinctive caps for baseball, she was known to be bold, swaggering, and humorously profane and foul-mouthed 

which is evident in the sucker punch that sounded from her playing. “Playing with the trumpet feels like singing with your spirit,” she said. “When you’re playing, your entire body feels like it’s glowing up.” 

In Long Island, New York in the summer of 1983, she began piano lessons at age three and began playing trumpet at age nine.  

She had her first mentor as a mariachi in Chicago. “It meant I was taught to play loud and with lots of vibratos,” she explained. 

She was later able to lower the volume of her vibrato, but her forthright explosive delivery was still. 

She was a big fan of grunge and punk music Nirvana, the Descendents, NOFX, and Minor Threat during her teenage years and these hardcore influences frequently infused her jazz. 

When she moved to the northern part of Chicago in her teens, she began to take music more seriously. Being the sole female trumpeter of the school’s orchestra 

she felt there was a need to prove herself and stand out from everyone else. 

After a chance encounter with trumpeter John McNeil, she was invited to join the New England Conservatory of Music