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Jazz Legend Bobby Bradford to Perform at Santa Monica Music Hot Spot -- The Public Library
By Jorge Casuso
July 15, 2019 -- Legendary jazz trumpeter Bobby Bradford next month will play at the Santa Monica Public Library, which has become a music hot spot in a city that has lost its most adventurous music venues.
Bradford -- who was as a member of jazz great Ornette Coleman's ensemble -- will bring his all-star band to the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium on Wednesday August 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Representing three generations of the LA musical underground, the sextet will perform a set of original music as part of the library's Soundwaves concert series.
At age 85, Bradford's "skill and imagination on the cornet continue to be admired by players of all ages," concert organizers said.
Bradford, who played on Coleman's classic LP "Science Fiction" and has accompanied such major jazz artists as John Carter and David Murray, will be joined by his contemporary Don Preston on piano.
Preston is best know for his playing on Frank Zappa's "Fillmore East - June 1971," Carla Bley's "Escalator Over the Hill" and John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Some Time in New York City."
Vinny Golia on reeds and William Roper on tuba emerged in the 1970s and 80s and have created "major bodies of work as soloists, leaders (and) collaborators," organizers said.
Musicians that included former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, iconic jazz and avant garde guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, Frank Zappa sax player Bunk Gardner, Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore and former Minuteman and Firehose bassist Mike Watt all played at the beach city night spots during the 1990s and early 2000s.
The Soundwaves series presents artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders.
Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings can be found at SoundwavesNewMusic.com
The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 7, R7, R10 and 18 and provides bicycle parking racks.
For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.
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