With the release of her debut album “Bloom” in 2009, the name proved prophetic, as Cindy Bradley blossomed on the contemporary jazz festival circuit and radio. Cindy has performed everywhere from the River Raisin’ Jazz Festival in Monroe, Michigan to the Dubai Jazz Fest. She was named Debut Artist of the Year by the Catlina Island Jazz Trax Festival and Smooth Jazz News. Cindy toured with the legendary urban jazz group “Pieces of a Dream”, and played at the renowned Big Bear Lake Jazz Festival, the Balconese Heights Jazz Festival, North Carolina Wine and Jazz Festival and Omaha’s Riverfront Jazz and Blues Festival.
Cindy is a native of Buffalo, New York and became a trumpet player by accident in fourth grade. She had been playing the piano since age six but to be part of the school band program she had to choose a different instrument. “I picked the trumpet, which turned out to be a life and career defining fluke,” she recalls. By the age of 12 she was performing professionally with a Buffalo area jazz band of promising musicians ages 12 to 17, named “Sugar and Jazz”. They emulated the big bands of the 1940s and this is where she fell in love with performance jazz with her trumpet.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from Ithaca College, she studied for her master’s in jazz trumpet performance at the New England Conservatory. She was influenced by the jazz greats of John McNeil, Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry Bergonzi, George Russell and Steve Lacy. After her studies were completed she immersed herself in the vibrant jazz scene of New York City, with equal passions for be-bop jazz and contemporary jazz, as well as funk, Top 40, R&B and jazz fusion. She played in bands that performed for clubs, the Emmy Awards and the Super Bowl.
Cindy has inspired young people all over the country, conducting hundreds of high school and community college jazz workshops. “These workshops are a way of giving back to the community”, she says. “It’s inspiring to see the influence a few encouraging words can have on young people who really want to develop their passion for music.” Many of the younger children she teaches have never seen anyone play a live instrument in front of them.
Her 2013 album explains her whimsical spirit and stylistic diversity — that sometimes in life it’s just best to go “Unscripted”. During the making of the album she experienced an emotionally challenging ending of a relationship as well as her grandmother and mother being diagnosed with cancer. Her grandmother passed away but her mother is clear and doing well now. ime to find my voice as a solo artist on trumpet and flugelhorn, but it’s been an ixciting learning process and I have so much fun along the way meeting so many great people and being able to play for audiences who love all styles of music. … Life has no script and you never know how it’s going to go as we experience its ups and downs.”
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