Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||November 1, 2004 (aged 43–44)|
Los Angeles, California
|Genres||Jazz, R&B, pop-rap, hip hop|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, record producer, audio engineer|
|Associated acts||Jon Hendricks, Prince, Kevin Eubanks, Stephanie Mills, Faith Evans, Living Colour, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny Group|
Ledford grew up in Detroit and attended Berklee College of Music between 1978 and 1982. After he graduated, he took a job in advertising while doing session work with Stephanie Mills, Jon Hendricks, Special EFX, Michael Brecker, Kevin Eubanks, Don Byron, Living Colour, Prince, and Bill Evans. He would also later contribute to the soundtracks for the Spike Lee films Mo' Better Blues and Do the Right Thing.
In 1986, he began a working relationship with Pat Metheny, appearing live with the Pat Metheny Group and on recordings, such as Secret Story and Still Life (Talking). He also worked with Bobby McFerrin's a cappella group, Circle.
On November 1, 2004, Ledford died of heart disease in Los Angeles.
With Uri Caine
With Faith Evans
- Faith (Bad Boy, 1995)
With Joe Locke
- Longing (Timeless, 1990)
With Pat Metheny Group
With Pat Metheny
- Secret Story (Geffen, 1992)
With The Rippingtons