WILLIAM JEFFREY, drums
CHUCK MANNING, saxophone
ROBERTO MIRANDA, bass
DON PRESTON, piano
KEN ROSSER, guitar
MICHAEL VLATKOVICH, trombone
His career is distinct from so many other jazz musicians because of his refusal to move to the East Coast and make a name for himself in New York City. Many of his friends and contemporaries migrated, but Bobby Bradford always remained faithful to his home and his family, forgoing the fame he could have easily earned. If no one can actually estimate the jazz worlds loss, many can appreciate Southern Californias gain Bradford has been a vital catalyst of adventurous music on the West Coast for more than 25 years, and is a local treasure at Pomona College, where he teaches jazz history and directs jazz ensembles.
The Motet is comprised of distinguished musicians from the Los Angeles area who have recorded and performed extensively at jazz venues throughout the country and abroad, most recently at the Los Angeles Museum of Art Jazz Concert Series. Bobby Bradford performed at the Athenaeum in 1994, along with former student, saxophonist David Murray. As described in a review by David Scott, this music is not easy listening jazz or aural wallpaper. It commands your attention and rewards the effort, a work of modern art that keeps up with its company.
This concert is jointly sponsored by the Gould Center and the Athenaeum.