Carmen Bradford

Carmen Bradford

Festival Schedule


7:00 PMPaul Carr Quartet
Featuring: special guest Carmen Bradford
Session #3PerformanceRonnie Wells Main Stage


1:00 PMCarmen Bradford
Featuring: Carmen Bradford and the Jazz Academy Orchestra
Session #4PerformanceRonnie Wells Main Stage


Carmen Bradford

The daughter of esteemed singer Melba Joyce and trumpeter Bobby Bradford, she grew up in Altadena, CA.  Bradford attended Huston-Tillotson College in Austin, TX but discontinued when she was offered the job of singer with Count Basie. She was with the Count Basie Orchestra during 1982-1990. Since leaving the Basie band, Bradford has been involved in a wide variety of musical activities. She guested on recordings by George Benson (sharing the vocal with Benson on “How Do You Keep the Music Playing”), Dori Caymmi, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, she toured Europe with the David Murray Big Band, performed the songs of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with flutist James Newton, sang in concerts with the Doc Severinsen Orchestra, and is a vocal jazz professor at USC. In addition, Bradford has recorded a CD apiece for Amazing (192), Evidence (1995), and a set of duets with pianist Shelly Berg for Azica.



Carmen with the Count Basie Orchestra

2012 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival - I Love Being Here With You

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