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.
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."
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