Austin Brazille is a guitarist and composer based in Amarillo, Texas.
After years of studying and performing in Dallas and later New York, Austin returned to his native roots in Amarillo and has become one of the most in-demand guitarists in the area. He has performed locally with numerous acts including the Amarillo Opera, the Boilermaker Jazz Band, the West Texas A&M Directors Big Band, the Marlin McKay Quartet, the Esquire Jazz Band and Velvet Funk. Austin also leads his own jazz trio where he is the principal composer and arranger.
Austin’s collegiate career began at Amarillo College where he earned his associates in music studying under Dr. James Laughlin. While at AC he performed in Amarillo June Jazz Festival, the Greeley Jazz Festival held in Colorado, and performed with Colombian saxophonist Justo Almario.
He then went on to attend the Jazz Studies program at the University of North Texas which is known for such alumni as Norah Jones, Ari Hoenig, Ed Soph, Bob Belden, Jeff Coffin, Bob Dorough, Tom “Bones” Malone, “Blue Lou” Marini, Lyle Mays, and Keith Carlock. There, he studied under Fred Hamilton and Noel Johnston and performed in the Denton Arts and Jazz festival.
Upon completion of his bachelors degree Austin was accepted into the graduate Jazz program at New York University where he studied with John Scofield, Chris Potter, Lenny White, Adam Rogers, Wayne Krantz, Ralph Lallama, Stefon Harris, Andy Milne, Michael Rodriguez, and Ron McClure.
Aside from performing, Austin has worked as an Adjunct Instructor for New York University teaching guitar lessons to undergraduate and graduate students. He has also taught at academies including the Frisco School of Music as well as taught privately for over 11 years.