Neil Brathwaite was raised in Montreal, Quebec, with West Indian roots in Barbados.
Neil was introduced to classical music and studied piano with Daisy Sweeney, the sister of Oscar Peterson’s sister, at the age 7. He was initiated to Jazz by his dad and began to play Alto sax in highschool. Studied Sciences at the Université de Montpelier / France and later studied saxophone in the Jazz program at Humber College with Pat Labarera.
Neil has worked with George Clinton, Salome Bey, The Dream Warriors, Molly Johnson, Tabby Johnson, Panic, The “A” team, S.O.S band, The Philosopher Kings, Eddie Bullen, Danileo Perez, Keisha Wint, Paul E Lopez, Mike Tull, Curtis Smith, Dave Campbell, Jason Palma, K.C, K.J, Ahdri Zhina Mandiela, Winton Marsalis, Bass is Base, Ivana Santilli, Jacksoul, McCauley Boys, Slim Gillard, Headstones, Spear Head, Galliano, The Side Men, Jully Black, Socrates, Choclair, Nana McClean, The Mighty Duke, Lillian Allen, Marcia Miller, Clifton Joseph, Little “X”, Black Cat, 2 Rude, Kalabash, Esthero, Abacus, Alex Greggs, Denis Shaw, Mishka, Alana Bridgewater, Divine Earth Essence, Wade O Brown, Glen Lewis, Kuya, KOs,Devon, Deborah Cox, B-Funn, Michie Mee, John Ellison, Gerald Levert, Lynn Crosbie, Jazzmin, Doc, Res, Kellis, Leroy Sibbles and many more. Neil also has wide experience providing musical direction for television shows and live events.