BRADFORD HAYES, a native of Petersburg, Virginia has been a force on the jazz scene in the Northeastern U.S. for several years now. He has performed at a number of club, colleges and concert halls that include Birdland (NYC), Tavern on the Green (NYC), and the Beacon Theater (NYC). Bradford has performed in different musical settings with Jimmy Heath, Al Grey, Cecil Payne, Rufus Reid, Ray Bryant, Winard Harper, Ben Riley, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Cecil Brooks III, Jerry Butler, and The Dells. Mr. Hayes has also opened for Chico Freeman, Betty Carter, Joe Henderson, Max Roach, Marlena Shaw, Pieces of A Dream, and Hilton Ruiz among others. In addition to leading his own band, Bradford had been serving as Musical Director for Babatunde Olatunji’s Drums Of Passion Band for several years, until Mr. Olatunji’s passing. Bradford also performed with Mr. Olatunji at Yankee Stadium during Nelson Mandela’s 1st historical trip to the United States after his release from a South African prison. Recently, Bradford has also been heard performing with The Spirit of Life Ensemble.
In October 2003, Bradford along with 4 other musicians became the subjects of a photograph taken by legendary jazz photographer William Gottlieb. This was the first photo of musicians taken by Mr. Gottlieb since 1948. In addition to this photo session Bradford and the other musicians selected, are also featured as part of a soon to be released PBS documentary about Mr. Gottlieb.
According to Dorothaan Kirk at WBGO-FM in Newark, NJ, “Bradford is a young man who deserves more recognition”. Mr. Hayes has also been a successful music educator in the Newark, New Jersey Public Schools for 24 years. This connection to education, and his knowledge of jazz, makes him an excellent clinician.
Mr. Hayes holds a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Music Education from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has also studied privately with George Coleman and Charles Davis.
Bradford’s latest recording is entitled “The Jazz Life”. The CD features pianist Michael Cochrane, bassist Calvin Jones, drummer Gregory Searvance, trumpeter Duane Eubanks, and trombonist Cornell McGhee. Bradford also released 2 other CDs entitled “Bianca’s Dance”, and “Our Fathers”. He is also featured on a new by The Spirit of Life Ensemble entitled “That Healin’ Feelin’”. He is also featured on a compilation CD released by BMG Direct entitled “A Jazz Discovery Showcase.”
Some Accomplishments and Affiliations
Member – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Member – Grammy Recording Academy
Featured on the cover and in an article of the e-magazine @ www.blacknj.com
Photographed by legendary jazz photographer William Gottlieb, along with Javon Jackson, Hilton Ruiz, John Lee, and Bill Saxton, and featured as a part of a PBS documentary about Mr. Gottlieb. (October 2003)
Featured in a TV commercial for Virgin Atlantic Airlines, shot at Birdland (NYC).
Featured in a stage production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grille” with
Loretta Devine (Waiting to Exhale,” “Dream Girls”, etc.)
A featured finalist on Black Entertainment Television’s “Jazz Discovery”
Writer for WBGO-Jazz 88’s JAZZAMATAZZ Magazine for Children.
Resident Artist - NJPAC’s United Way Arts Academy.
Received a proclamation from the City of Irvington, NJ for his musical accomplishments.
Selected as an “Outstanding Young Man of America” for 1998.
Member - International Association of Jazz Educators.
Member – ASCAP
Some of the places Bradford’s Horn has been heard
Festival International Nuits D’Afrique MONTREAL CANADA
New York State Museum Albany, NY
The Wetlands NYC, NY
The Priory Newark, NJ
Jersey Share Jazz & Blues Festival Red Bank, NJ
The Miller Outdoor Theater Houston, TX
The Montclair Art Museum Montclair, NJ
SOB’s NYC, NY
The Lexington Theater St. Louis, MO
Trinity Lutheran Church Jersey City, NJ
University of Mass Amhearst, MA
Birdiand NYC, NY
Africare House Washington, DC
Newark Jazz Festival Newark, NJ
The Bottom Line NYC, NY
Penn State University State Park, PA
Aaron Davis Hall NYC, NY
Kilamonjaro’s Washington, DC
Montclair Blues & Jazz festival Montclair, NJ
The Beacon Theater NYC, NY
The PECO Jazz Festival Philadelphia, PA
The Townpoint Jazz and Blues Festival Norfolk, VA
The Park West Theater, Chicago, Ill
Ortlieb's Jazzhaus Philadelphia, PA
NJPAC (Prudential Hall), Newark, NJ
Arts Centre - Accra, Ghana WEST AFRICA
The Panasonic Jazz Festival NYC, NY
Sweet Basil's NYC, NY
Cleopatra’s Needle NYC, NY
Bethany Baptist Church Newark, NJ (Jazz Vespers)
Trinity Lutheran Church Jersey City, NJ (Jazz Vespers)
The China Club PARIS FRANCE
The Tennessee Williams Arts Center Key West, Fla.
The Asbury Park Jazz Festival Asbury Park, NJ
Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar NYC, NY
The Newark Museum Newark, NJ
Sounds Of The City (NJPAC) Newark, NJ
Decade NYC, NY
Jazz In The Park Red Bank, NJ
The Theater Square Grill (NJPAC) Newark, NJ
Marcus Garvey Park Harlem, NY
The Westfield Jazz Festival Westfield, NJ
First Night Westfield, NJ
Bacchus Fairfield, NJ
Diva Lounge Montclair, NJ
The Arts Guild of Rahway Rahway, NJ
The East Orange Public Library East Orange, NJ
The John Coltrane Jazz Festival Montclair, NJ
Delta’s New Brunswick, NJ
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Philadelphia, PA
Unity Freedom Baptist Church Newark, NJ (Weekly)
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Brooklyn, NY
Sunfest LONDON ONTARIO CANADA
Trumpets Montclair, NJ
Internat’l AfroCaribeno Festival VERACRUZ, MEXICO
Riverside Park South New York, NY
Medgar Evers College Brooklyn, NY
Zinc Bar NYC, NY
Cecil’s West Orange, NJ
Afrikan Poetry Theatre Jamaica, NY
Newark Symphony Hall Newark, NJ
The Savoy Grill Newark, NJ
St. Albans Congregational Church St Albans, NY
L’Entrepot PARIS FRANCE
Bradford Hayes (908) 354-7344 (o) / (908) 370-7793 (c)
Also visit Bradford @ www.BradfordHayes.com