Savannah’s newest jazz venue, Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant, continues the celebration of National Jazz Month and Duke Ellington’s birth with special entertainment throughout the month of April.
The Headlining Vocalist is Carmen Bradford, a Count Basie Orchestra featured vocalist & 2019 Grammy Nominee accompanied by Kevin Bales (pianist), Quentin Baxter (drummer) & Billy Thornton (bassist). On Friday, April 19, the 1st set is from 7:00-9:00 pm & the 2nd set is from 9:30-11:30 pm at $15. On Saturday, April 20, the 1st set is from 7:00-9:00 pm & the 2nd set 9:30-11:30 pm at $15.
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, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the National Symphony and countless artists around the world.
Carmen performed on two Grammy award winning albums with the Basie Band in the 1980’s and lat er 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 San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 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.