Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax was born in Philadelphia but now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he teaches Trap Drum Set Concepts at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. He received his B.A. in jazz performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Cook was the drummer for the late great jazz vocalist Little Jimmy Scott for 14 years up until his death in 2014.
He has also played with Kevin Eubanks, Johnny Copeland, Savion Glover, Eartha Kitt, Rachell Ferrell and saxophonist Illinois Jaquet. Mr. Broadnax has recorded with actress/model/singer Vanessa Williams, Jimmy Scott, Vanessa
Rubin and Grammy Award winner Johnny Copeland. Mr. Broadnax performed in the blockbuster-hit Spike Lee movie Malcolm X and recently appeared on the hit television show Madame Secretary on CBS. Drummer for Concord church for over ten years, his self produced debut CD is entitled Finally Mine. Cook is the proud father of 2 children. The Jazz Drama Program (JDP) was founded in 2003 as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization by jazz musician Eli Yamin and teacher Clifford Carlson to get young people involved in and excited about jazz. By commissioning new jazz musicals, recording CD’s, distributing scores and scripts, offering professional development for teachers and concerts and workshops for students and their communities, The Jazz Drama Program builds new audiences and stakeholders in the jazz arts through the mediums of storytelling, music, theatre, dance and visual arts.