Playing music since the age of 6, the remarkable composer/guitarist Brad Myers decided to pursue transcendence through jazz expression at the age of 13. A highly eclectic musician, Brad has continued to perform in a wide variety of contexts, but his primary commitment to jazz is vividly demonstrated by the 2015 release of his album Prime Numbers, the first album released on his own label, Colloquy Records, and a stunning showcase for his brilliant talents as both composer and guitarist. Prime Numbers earned worldwide praise from critics and jazz radio alike, including “4 Stars” from Downbeat Magazine and rotation on PRI's Jazz After Hours program.
In 2017, Brad and Colloquy have released Sanguinaria (Hopefulsongs), a breathtaking and uplifting collaboration with bassist Michael Sharfe that focuses on the beautiful dialogue and interplay between jazz guitar and double bass in both duo and trio settings.
Born and raised in the Washington D.C. area, Brad started to study guitar at age 10 under the early influence of The Beatles, Hendrix, Yes, Rush and the Allman Brothers, and maturing under the later inspiration of Jim Hall, the Bill Evans Trio, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny and John Scofield. He moved to Cincinnati in 1994 to study at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Discovering the city’s deep musical history and its many outstanding musicians, Brad decided to forego the typical emigration to a larger coastal city and chose instead to contribute to his adopted home’s rich musical legacy.
In 1998 Brad joined Ray’s Music Exchange, a popular Cincinnati based funk jazz outfit famed for long energetic improvisational grooves and inspired by a wide range of adventurous influences from Miles Davis and Frank Zappa to John Zorn and the Meters. For the next eight years, he contributed as guitarist, composer and producer; and when the group reunited in 2010, Brad produced their live DVD, A Live Rayunion.
During his 20+ years as a much sought after sideman and co-leader of a variety of acclaimed ensembles, Brad has shared the stage with a variety of top names including John Scofield, Stanley Jordan, Victor Wooten, Bela Fleck, Hammond Artist Brian Charette, the Cincinnati Pops, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and many more. He was a featured guest soloist playing the "part" of Cal Collins in Nancy James and Carmen DeLeone’s A Salute to Rosemary Clooney; and he performed with Pernell Santurnini in a live broadcast from the renowned percussionist’s native Curaçao. Brad recently recorded with Fareed Haque in a big band recording of pieces from the guitar great’s Garaj Mahal, and then premiered the music live with him at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center in NYC.