Bobby Bradford-Vinny Golia Quartet
Sponsored by Dr. Janet Simon and Mark Weber
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Called ‘A brilliant melodist' by the Chicago Reader, Bobby Bradford is considered one of the most original trumpet/cornet players to emerge from the avant-garde. A longtime professor at the Claremont Colleges, he played a fundamental role in Ornette Coleman's band in the 1950s, appearing on the revolutionary Coleman album, Science Fiction. Bradford also had a longtime collaboration with clarinetist John Carter and performed in the 1990's with the David Murray Octet and Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra. In October 2009, he became the second recipient of the Festival of New Trumpet Music's Award of Recognition. Vinny Golia, with whom Bradford has had a longtime musical association, is a leading Los Angeles based multi-woodwind player, composer and bandleader whose music draws influences from jazz, world music, and contemporary classical music. He has been a featured performer with Anthony Braxton, Horace Tapscott, John Zorn, Tim Berne, Patti Smith, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and is currently a teacher at California Institute for the Arts. Named "One of the 100 people who have influenced the course of Jazz in our Century" by Jazziz Magazine, Golia was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 by the Jazz Journalists Association. Joining he and Bradford are bassist, David Tranchina and drummer, Tina Reynolds. David Tranchina studied with Charlie Haden and Darek Oles and is an accomplished composer, educator and studio musician. A founding member of the band Slumgum, he also plays with several other bands including Frank Silva's Frack and Dave Cipriani's Mahadev. Tina Raymond is a unique voice in Los Angeles' contemporary improvised music scene, blending traditional jazz vocabulary with African polyrhythm and classical percussion technique. A full-time professor of music at Los Angeles City College in Hollywood, CA, she studied African ewe music with Ghanaian chief Alfred Ladzekpo at CalArts and jazz drum set with Joe LaBarbera, Jeff Hamilton, and John Von Ohlen.