Brad Upton - August 2002

"There comes a time when music can take your mind, heart, and spirit to near immeasurable ascensions. Composer/trumpeter, Brad Upton, creates a very euphoric brand of contemporary jazz, weaving a tapestry of tranquility and elation that lingers in your soul. It's an indescribable epitome of instrumental splendor." - A. Khalis Pride

Brad Upton, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, began his musical studies with the piano. He started playing the trumpet at age 10. After high school Brad attended Berklee College of Music. From there he moved to New York City where he continued his studies in composition. He has played, written and arranged for such notables as Lionel Hampton, Chet Baker, Bob Mover Quintet, Hector Rivera Latin Orchestra, Cojunto La Clave, Eddie Bastien Latin Orchestra, Cortillo, Tito Puente, and numerous others.

In 1980, Brad moved to Boulder, Colorado. There he received two separate grants from the Bolder Arts Commission, the first of which helped fund Suite for Jazz which was scored for trumpet and three saxes plus a rhythm section. Suite for Jazz received extensive local and national cable broadcasts. The second grant helped fund Jazz Visions which features Brad's son, Sam, who was 17 at the time, on drums.

Brad premiered his composition Kalapa, for flute and piano at the University of Colorado Doctoral Recital of Greg LaLiberte, in 1997. He also premiered of his quintet scoring of the Rogers and Hart classic, Spring is Here in 1997 with The Centennial Brass Quintet.

Brad teaches music to students from elementary school to college and beyond, and writes jazz arrangements for local high schools and college jazz bands and participates in concerts and clinics at those schools. Of working with young musicians, Brad shares, "One of my challenges and responsibilities to our young music community is to uphold the priceless value of music - beyond its income potential. Music is capable of extraordinary magic. To experience that with a musician of any age is priceless."

Brad is currently scoring the soundtrack to the independent film The Stonecutter which was written and directed by his son, Sam. His forth CD, Dragon, is now available through his website.

Visit Brad Upton's website at www.blackorchidmusic.com

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