Bobby Lee Bradford
Dallas, Texas, US
July 19, 1934 (age 81) Cleveland, Mississippi, US (
Musician, composer, professor
Mo'tet, Ornette Coleman Quartet, New Art Jazz Ensemble
Self Determination Music, Flight For Four, Lost In L.a.
John Carter, Vinny Golia, Mark Dresser, James Newton, Alex Cline
John carter bobby bradford quartet sticks and stones
Bobby Lee Bradford (born July 19, 1934) is an American jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader, and composer. He is noted for his work with Ornette Coleman. In October 2009, Bradford became the second recipient of the Festival of New Trumpet Music's Award of Recognition.
- John carter bobby bradford quartet sticks and stones
- John carter bobby bradford self determination music
- As leader
- As joint leader
- As Detail
- As sideman
John carter bobby bradford self determination music
Bobby Lee Bradford's life begins in Mississippi, he and his family then moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1946. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1953 where he reunited with Ornette Coleman, whom he had previously known in Texas. Bradford subsequently joined Coleman's ensemble, but was drafted into the U.S. Air Force and replaced by Don Cherry.
After playing in military bands from late 1954 to late 1958, he rejoined Coleman's quartet from 1961 to 1963, which infrequently performed in public, but was indeed recorded under Coleman's Atlantic contract. Quite unfortunately, these tapes were among those many destroyed in the Great Atlantic Vault Fire. Freddie Hubbard acted as Bradford's replacement upon his departure to return to the West Coast and pursue further studies. Bradford soon began a long-running and relatively well-documented association with the clarinetist John Carter, a pairing that brought both increased exposure at international festivals (though the records remain scantily available, when one excludes web rips and bootlegs). Following Carter's death in 1991, Bradford fronted his own ensemble known as The Mo'tet, with which he has continued to perform since. He is the father of drummer Dennis Bradford. He is also the father of jazz vocalist Carmen Bradford.
He holds a B.M. degree from Huston-Tillotson College (now Huston-Tillotson University) in Austin, Texas.
In addition to Coleman, Bradford has performed with Eric Dolphy, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten, Bob Stewart, Charlie Haden, George Lewis (trmbn.), James Newton, Frode Gjerstad, Vinny Golia, Paal Nilssen-Love, and David Murray, who was previously a student of his in the 1970s.
He is an instructor at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California, and Pomona College in Claremont, California,  where he teaches The History of Jazz, known to be one of the most popular classes available.
As joint leader
With John Carter
With Nels Cline
With Ornette Coleman
With David Murray
With William Parker
With Frode Gjerstad Quartet
With Circulasione Totale Orchestra