Bio

Saxophonist Bradford Hayes, a native of Dinwiddie County, Virginia has been a force on the jazz scene in the northeastern U.S. for many years now. He has performed at a number of clubs, colleges and concert halls that include Birdland (NYC), Tavern on the Green (NYC), and the Beacon Theater (NYC). Bradford has performed or recorded in different musical settings with Gerald Alston, Yusef Lateef, Ted Curson, Michael Cochrane, Joe Lee Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Al Grey, Cecil Payne, Rufus Reid, Ray Bryant, Ben Riley, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Cecil Brooks III, Jerry Butler, and The Dells.

Mr. Hayes has also opened for Chico Freeman, Betty Carter, Joe Henderson, Max Roach, Marlena Shaw, Pieces Of A Dream, and Hilton Ruiz among others. In addition to leading his own band, Bradford spent 15 years with Babatunde Olatunji’s Drums Of Passion Band, serving as Musical Director for the last 3 years, until Mr. Olatunji’s passing. In fact one of the real personal highpoints of Bradford's career is when he performed with Mr. Olatunji at Yankee Stadium during Nelson Mandela’s 1st historical trip to the United States after his release from a South African prison.

Bradford along with 4 other musicians became the subjects of a photograph taken by the late legendary jazz photographer William Gottlieb. This was the first photo of jazz musicians taken by Mr. Gottlieb since 1948. In addition to the photo session, Bradford and the other musicians selected, were interviewed as part of a PBS documentary that will be released at a later date, about the work of Mr. Gottlieb.

Mr. Hayes, while accomplishing so much in the music performance world, has also been a successful music educator in the Newark, New Jersey Public Schools for 30 years. This connection to education, and his knowledge of jazz, makes him an excellent clinician.

Education: Mr. Hayes holds a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Music Education from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has also studied privately with George Coleman and Charles Davis. In addition to all of this Mr. Hayes is a Prince Hall Mason, a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Accomplishments and Affiliations
  • Noble - Golconda Temple #24 A. E. A. O. N. M. S., Inc. PHA, Newark, NJ
  • Brother - Samson Lodge #66 F&AM PHA, Newark, NJ
  • Brother - Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Member - New Jersey Jazz Society
  • Member - Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation
  • Member - ASCAP
  • Member - New Jersey Association of Jazz Education.
  • Member - National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
  • Received a proclamation from The City of Irvington, NJ for his musical deeds
  • Received a proclamation from The City of Newark, NJ for his educational contributions to the children of the city of Newark.
Places where Bradford's Saxophone has been heard

Place   Location
North Carolina A & T State University   Greensboro, NC
The China Club   Paris, France
L'Entrepot   Paris, France
Princeton University   Princeton, NJ
The Princeton Public Library   Princeton, NJ
Bethany Baptist Church   Newark, NJ (Jazz Vespers)
St. Albans Congregational Church   St. Albans, NY (Jazz Vespers)
Trinity Lutheran Church   Jersey City, NJ (Jazz Vespers)
Festival International Nuits D’Afrique   Montreal, Canada
The Bahai Center   New York, NY
New York State Museum   Albany, NY
Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival   Red Bank, NJ
The Miller Outdoor Theater   Houston, TX
The Montclair Art Museum   Montclair, NJ
SOB’s   New York City, NY
The Lexington Theater   St. Louis, MO
University of Massachusetts   Amhearst, MA
Birdland   New York City, NY
Africare House   Washington, DC
Newark Jazz Festival   Newark, NJ
The Bottom Line   New York City, NY
Penn State University   State Park, PA
Aaron Davis Hall   New York City, NY
Kilamonjaro’s   Washington, DC
Montclair Blues & Jazz festival   Montclair, NJ
The Beacon Theater   New York City, NY
The PECO Jazz Festival   Philadelphia, PA
The Park West Theater,   Chicago, IL
Ortlieb's Jazzhaus   Philadelphia, PA
NJPAC (Prudential Hall)   Newark, NJ
Arts Centre   Accra, Ghana WEST AFRICA
The Panasonic Jazz Festival   New York City, NY
The Tennessee Williams Arts Center   Key West, FL
The Asbury Park Jazz Festival   Asbury Park, NJ
Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar   New York City, NY
The Newark Museum   Newark, NJ
Sounds Of The City (NJPAC)   Newark, NJ
Jazz In The Park   Red Bank, NJ
The Theater Square Grill (NJPAC)   Newark, NJ
Marcus Garvey Park   Harlem, NY
The Arts Guild of Rahway   Rahway, NJ
The East Orange Public Library   East Orange, NJ
The John Coltrane Jazz Festival   Montclair, NJ
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art   Philadelphia, PA
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens   Brooklyn, NY
Sunfest   London Ontario Canada
Trumpets   Montclair, NJ
Internat’l Afro Caribeno Festival   Veracruz, Mexico
Medgar Evers College   Brooklyn, NY
Newark Symphony Hall   Newark, NJ
Medgar Evers College   Brooklyn, NY
Zinc Bar   New York City, NY
Cecil's   West Orange, NJ
The Priory   Newark, NJ

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