Cindy Bradley

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Cindy Bradley
Birth name Cindy Lynn Bradley
Born (1977-12-11) 11 December 1977 (age 36)
North Tonawanda, New York
Genres Smooth jazz, contemporary jazz
Occupations Musician and composer
Instruments Trumpet, flugelhorn, flumpet
Years active 2005–present
Labels Trippin' N' Rhythm Records
Website http://www.cindybradley.com
Notable instruments
flumpet

Cindy Lynn Bradley (born 1977) is an American jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player and composer – although her signature instrument on stage has tended to become a bright metallic pink hybrid of both instruments known as a flumpet.

Early life[edit]

Bradley was born in North Tonawanda in upstate New York. She already played piano, but picked up her first trumpet by accident at age nine because it was the only available instrument which she recognised in her teacher’s list for school band classes. She began playing traditional jazz as a schoolgirl and went on to gain degrees in jazz studies at Ithaca College in New York state and in jazz trumpet performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

Career[edit]

Bradley released her debut album Just A Little Bit on her own label in 2007. In 2009, she signed with Les Cutmore’s Trippin’ N’ Rhythm Records and recorded her second, Bloom, with Grammy Award-winning producer Michael Broening at his studio in Phoenix, Arizona. Bloom won instant critical acclaim and Bradley followed it in 2011 with Unscripted. The hit single from that album, “Massive Transit”, co-written by Bradley and Broening, remained at No. 1 on the US Billboard (magazine) Smooth Jazz Songs chart for six weeks.[2] Unscripted itself topped the Billboard Jazz Albums chart for two weeks.[3]

Often labelled as a smooth jazz artist – although some critics have found her difficult to categorise at all – Bradley cites her major influences in jazz as fellow-trumpet players Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and Blue Mitchell. When she is not touring or playing at jazz festivals, she works as a public elementary school band teacher in New Jersey.[4] In August 2013, Bradley married New York City saxophonist Dan Cipriano.

Awards[edit]

  • 2009 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival Debut Artist of the Year
  • 2010 American Smooth Jazz Awards Best New Artist
  • 2010 Smooth Jazz News Debut Artist of the Year
  • 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards New Artist of the Year
  • 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards Brass Player of the Year
  • 2011 Jazziz magazine's Critics’ Choice of the Year for Unscripted

Discography[edit]

As leader

  • 2007 Just A Little Bit (CB Jazz Music)
  • 2009 Bloom (Trippin' N' Rhythm Records)
  • 2011 Unscripted (Trippin' N' Rhythm Records)
  • 2014 Bliss (Trippin' N' Rhythm Records)

As sidewoman

  • 2005 The DIVA Jazz Orchestra A Tommy Newsom Tribute (Lightyear)
  • 2006 Cordovan Highway 10 Blues (Cordovan Records)
  • 2009 The Very Best of Christmas (Trippin' N' Rhythm Records)
  • 2010 Oli Silk All We Need (Trippin' N' Rhythm Records)
  • 2011 Nate Harasim Rush (Trippin' N' Rhythm Records)
  • 2011 Elan Trotman Love & Sax (E.T. Muzik Productions)
  • 2012 Phil Denny Crossover (Off Sheet Music)
  • 2012 Jay Stewart Enjoy the Ride (CD Baby)
  • 2012 Elizabeth Mis Breakaway (Trippin' N' Rhythm Records)
  • 2012 Pete Gitlin Amplify (Coming Together Music)
  • 2012 Paula Atherton Enjoy the Ride (Dot Time Records)
  • 2013 Kris Brownlee Sincerely Yours (Megawave Records)
  • 2013 Althea Rene In the Flow (Trippin' N' Rhythm Records)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interview with Cindy Bradley 3 July 2013.
  2. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/2011-09-24/jazz-songs Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/2011-07-16/jazz-albums Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  4. ^ Interview with Cindy Bradley 3 July 2013.

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