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Birth name
Bobby Lee Bradford

Jazz trumpeter

Bobby Bradford

Cornet, trumpet

Dallas, Texas, US


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July 19, 1934 (age 81) Cleveland, Mississippi, US (

Musician, composer, professor

Associated acts
Mo'tet, Ornette Coleman Quartet, New Art Jazz Ensemble

Self Determination Music, Flight For Four, Lost In L.a.

Similar People
John Carter, Vinny Golia, Mark Dresser, James Newton, Alex Cline

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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.


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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.

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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.

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He holds a B.M. degree from Huston-Tillotson College (now Huston-Tillotson University) in Austin, Texas.[1]

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,[2] and Pomona College in Claremont, California, [3] where he teaches The History of Jazz, known to be one of the most popular classes available.

As leader

  • Love's Dream (Emanem, 1975)
  • Vols. 1 & 2 with John Stevens (Nessa)
  • Bobby Bradford & the Mo'tet Lost in L.A. (Black Saint, 1984)
  • One Night Stand with the Frank Sullivan Trio (Soul Note, 1997)
  • Purple Gums (Asian Improv, 2003)
  • Midnight Pacific Airwaves (Entropy, 2009)
  • Live in L.A. with Mark Dresser & Glenn Ferris (Clean Feed, 2011)
  • Silver Cornet with Frode Gjerstad, Ingebrigt Haken Flaten, and Frank Rosaly (Nessa, 2014)
  • As joint leader

  • Flight for Four (Flying Dutchman, 1969; as John Carter / Bobby Bradford)
  • Self Determination Music (Flying Dutchman, 1970; as John Carter / Bobby Bradford)
  • Secrets (Revelation, 1973; as John Carter / Bobby Bradford)
  • No U-Turn – Live in Pasadena, 1975 (Dark Tree, 2015; as Bobby Bradford / John Carter Quintet)
  • Comin' On (hat ART, 1989; as Bobby Bradford / John Carter Quintet)
  • Tandem 1 & 2 (Emanem, 1996; as John Carter & Bobby Bradford
  • Reknes (Circulasione Totale, 2009; as Bradford Gjerstad Haker Flaten Nilssen-Love)
  • Varistar (Full Bleed Music, 2009; as Bobby Bradford, Tom Heasley, Ken Rosser)
  • Kampen (NoBusiness, 2012), as Bobby Bradford, Frode Gjerstad, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Paal Nilssen-Love)
  • Dragon (PNL, 2012; as Bradford, Gjerstad, Nilssen-Love)
  • As Detail

  • Detail Plus (Impetus, 1986)
  • Way It Goes/Dance of the Soul (Impetus, 1988) as Detail Plus
  • In Time Was (Circulasione Totale, 1990)
  • As sideman

    With John Carter

  • Dauwhe (Black Saint, 1982)
  • Night Fire (Black Saint, 1981)
  • With Nels Cline

  • New Monastery (Cryptogramophone, 2006)
  • With Ornette Coleman

  • Science Fiction (Columbia, 1971)
  • Broken Shadows (Columbia, 1971 [1982])
  • With David Murray

  • Murray's Steps (Black Saint, 1983)
  • Death of a Sideman (DIW, 1991)
  • MX (Red Baron, 1992)
  • Be My Monster Love (Motéma, 2013)
  • With William Parker

  • Wood Flute Songs (AUM Fidelity, 2013)
  • With Freebop

  • Live Tracks (Impetus, 1988)
  • With Frode Gjerstad Quartet

  • Ikosa Mura (Cadence, 1998)
  • With Circulasione Totale Orchestra

  • Open Port (Circulasione Totale, 2008)
  • References

    Bobby Bradford Wikipedia