Good Times’ Awaits Performances From Grammy-Nominated Artist Carmen Bradford

Carmen Bradford
Carmen Bradford

Savannah’s premiere jazz venue Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant is set to host the “Carmen Bradford Trio” with Quentin Baxter (Drums),  Rodney Jordan (Bass), Assaf Gleizner (Piano). Performances are set to take place on Friday,  August 13 & Saturday, August 14, 8:00 pm -11:00 pm.  

Carmen was discovered and hired by William “Count” Basie and was the featured vocalist in the legendary Count Basie Orchestra for nine years. She has since performed and/or recorded with:  Wynton Marsalis, Shelly Berg and John Clayton along with the Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra,  Nancy Wilson, Doc Severinsen, Tony Bennet, Jeremy Monteiro, James Brown, Patti Austin,  Byron Stripling, Dori Caymmi, George Benson, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, DIVA  Jazz Orchestra, the National Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, the Lincoln Center Jazz  Orchestra, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, The Dani Felber Big Band, Dallas Symphony,  Oklahoma Symphony, Vancouver Philharmonic and countless artists around the world. Carmen performed on two Grammy award-winning albums with the Basie Band in the 1980s and later collaborated on a third Grammy Award-winning album, “Big Boss Band,” with guitarist George  Benson in 1991. Her soulful voice warmed the hearts of Americans through the celebrated performance of the classic duet, “How Do You Keep The Music Playing?” on the TONIGHT  SHOW with the Johnny Carson Show that same year. 

On occasion, Carmen has loaned her talented voice to stage productions and the music of  Hollywood films, cartoons, television commercials, and the theatre. She sang on the haunting soundtrack for Oprah Winfrey’s “Beloved,” and starred in the title role of Duke Ellington’s Folk  Opera “Queenie Pie” at the University of Texas, Butler School of Music. 

Carmen’s 2015 release, titled, John Mills “Invisible Design” featuring Carmen Bradford is another example of Carmen Bradford’s ability to sing all forms of jazz be it straight-ahead jazz,  blues, or jazz fusion, and swing it like nobody can. With the first-ever Christmas album, the 2015  release of the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, directed by Scotty Barnhart, titled “A Very  Swingin Basie Christmas” on Concord Records, with Johnny Mathis, Carmen Bradford, and  Ledisi was another first for Carmen as well. 

In 2016, Carmen Bradford was asked by South African trumpeter, Darren English, to be a part of his new critically acclaimed Nelson Mandela tribute Cd, titled “Imagination Nation”, Hot Shoe  Records. Whether it is a duo concert with Shelly Berg, Big Band with the ladies of DIVA, or her new favorite: performing with Symphony Orchestras around the world, it’s all a great fit! 

In 2018, Carmen Bradford was presented with a jewel! The opportunity to teach again! Carmen is the Resident Artist, Vocal Jazz Professor, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The new jazz program is called “RJAM” Roots, Jazz and American Music, and she is loving it! 

Carmen Bradford’s 2019 Grammy Nominated performance, from the album, “All About That  Basie” with the Count Basie Orchestra, Conducted by Scotty Barnhart was an opportunity to pay tribute to the great, Ella Fitzgerald, singing Miss Fitzgerald’s hit, ‘Honey Suckle Rose’ along with other featured artist, Stevie Wonder, Kurt Elling, Take 6, Jamie Davis, Jon Faddis and Joey  DeFrancesco. Carmen Bradford’s body of work reflects a vast depth of musical experience and technical brilliance. She is also recognized for the overwhelming passion she brings to the lyric. She has truly contributed to the perpetuation and preservation of this great American art form called jazz.

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