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Bobby Bradford

Lecturer in Jazz
With Pomona Since: 1974
  • Expertise


    One of the most original trumpet/cornet players to emerge from the avant-garde, Bobby Bradford is a celebrated jazz musician, composer and teacher, noted for his work with the Ornette Coleman Quartet and with clarinetist John Carter. In October 2009 Bradford became the second recipient of the Festival of New Trumpet Music's Award of Recognition.

    Areas of Expertise


    • Jazz
    • History of Jazz
  • Work


    Selected Recordings

    Purple Gums, with Francis Wong and William Roper, Asian Improv, 2003

    Live at L.A.C.M.A. (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Bobby Bradford and the Mo'tet, Waterboy Records, 2003

    One Night Stand, Soul Note Records, 1993

    Comin' On, Bradford-Carter Quintet, hatART, 1988

    Lost in L.A., Bobby Bradford and the Mo'Tet, Soul Note, 1984

  • Education


    Bachelor of Music
    Huston-Tillotson College

    Professional Experience

    Bradford is a former sideman for the Ornette Coleman Quartet.

    Recent Courses Taught

    • History of Jazz
    • Jazz Ensemble
    • Theory & Practice of Improvisation
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    2003-04 ASCAP Award, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

    Second recipient of the Festival of New Trumpet Music's Award of Recognition, 2009