Bold, yet simultaneously charming; Edgy, yet at the same time beautiful; these seemingly opposing adjectives might well-describe the music of trumpeter Willie Bradley, but also fittingly tell about the man. His music brings together many varied styles, but takes smooth jazz to a whole new level. Willie is a native of Orangeburg and a graduate of South Carolina State University, where he earned his BS Degree in Music Education and Performance. Over the course of his career he has joined stage with jazz greats incl. Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Betty Carter, Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley, and Alex Bugnon. Furthermore, he has performed at high profile shows such as Catalina Island Jazztrax, Spaghettini Lounge or the Newport Beach Jazz Festival. In 2014, Willie released his debut Contemporary Jazz CD; his sophomore CD was being considered for a Grammy, “Best New Contemporary Jazz Instrumental Album 2018”. Although this CD is called “Going With The Flow”, he’s definitely not just going with the average flow of things…


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