WWII Veteran James Braxton - A Lifetime of Music


James Braxton grew up loving music. After graduation from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, James attempted to follow in his father's footsteps. His dad was an alumnus of the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University), so James started out studying plumbing there. James liked to joke that, “If I’d stayed there, I’d probably be a rich plumber now.” But, his heart was in music, and his destiny was with musical pipes, not plumbing pipes. He left the institute after his sophomore year to travel up and down the east coast performing on his saxophone in places like Atlantic City, New York, and Philadelphia.