Bradley Leighton brings a unique and powerful sound to flute. His style of swing evolved from listening to the big, hi-octane bands of Kenton, Herman and Ferguson in the 60's-70's. His funkiness derives from years of listening to Tower of Power, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Brecker Brothers and countless other soul/R&B acts. He brings a fire and flair not usually heard nor expected from a flutist. Bradley has performed across the US and Asia, as both sideman and bandleader, for over 25 years. His most recent gigs include headlining the Gainesville Jazz Festival and he'll be performing this summer at the Greater Hartford Jazz Festival where he'll open for Joyce Cooling and Gerald Albright.
Bradley performs at various venues in the San Diego area and donates a vast portion of his musical time to support local and out of town philanthropic events. He's also available for clinics, studio work, back up, and in performance with his Duo, Quartet and Sextet, as well as a soloist for big bands and orchestras.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He heads up the Rancho Penasquitos Flute Choir and he's a member at large of the San Diego Flute Guild.
Bradley is very active in a philanthropic sense and regularly donates his time to organizations such as KSDS Jazz 88 in San Diego, The Foundation for the Blind, The Kiwanis Clubs, he's also a Yamaha Performing Artist, a member of NAMM, he sits on the Board of the San Diego Flute Guild, he's a member of the British Flute Society and a member of the Poway Chamber of Commerce, Poway, CA.
Allan Phillips: Keyboard
Bradley Leighton: Flutes
Cecil McBee, Jr.: Bass
Evan Marks: Guitar
Richard Sellers: Drums
Past Booked Dates:
07-16-2010 — Coronado, CA - Library Concert Series
06-26-2010 — Omaha Jazz Festival, Omaha, NE
06-13-2010 — Takoma Jazz Festival, Takoma, MD
04-25-2010 — San Diego Flute Guild event, Mesa College, San Diego
03-18-2010 — Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, Jamaica
09-18-2008 — Spaghettini's, Seal Beach, CA
05-04-2008 — Anthology/San Diego
03-23-2008 — Humphrey's/San Diego
11-15-2007 — Rancho Mirage Art Affaire
07-21-2007 — Greater Hartford Jazz Festival
06-03-2007 — P.A.W.S. Fundraising Event
04-13-2007 — Samba Grill
04-06-2007 — Samba Grill
03-25-2007 — Foundation Fighting Blindness Fundraiser Event
11-04-2006 — Gainesville Jazz Festival
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