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douglas bradford

New York based guitarist and composer Douglas Bradford was born in New Orleans, and currently resides in Brooklyn. His debut CD ‘:atlas obscura’ was released on Fresh Sound New Talent Records in May 2012. He began playing guitar in high school and was educated at the world famous New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts by Clyde Kerr Jr. He received a scholarship to attend the University of New Orleans where he studied with seven-string masters Hank Mackie and Steve Masakowski. In the “Big Easy,” he performed at venues from the Funky Butt to Snug Harbor with local artists including Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, Mike Lemler, The Hot Club of New Orleans, Loren Pickford, Ricky Sebastian, Tom Fitzpatrick & Turningpoint, The Charles Brewer Trio, Bill Huntington, Adonis Rose, and Micah Herman’s KCNO Jazz Cooperative.
 In the year following Hurricane Katrina, he relocated to New York to finish his studies at NYU, graduating with an MA. He has performed at various NYC venues including The Stone, Cornelia Street Cafe, Iridium, The Bar Next Door, Korzo, ABC No Rio, Rose Live Music, Symphony Space, Jazz Gallery, Bar 4, and many others.Recent highlights include the release of The Peter Schwebs Quintet’s sophomore record ‘In-between Seasons and Places’ in early 2013. He also premiered his first extended work, ‘the Longest Day of the Year,’ a piece in 5 movements, inspired by winter, for clarinet, cello, 7 string baritone guitar, and drums, on the summer solstice 2013. Recordings include Teo Macero’s The Inner World Jazz Orchestra featuring Dave Liebman, Alex Sipiagin, Larry Coryell, and Lee Konitz; Peter Schwebs “Stories from Sugar Hill” featuring Ari Hoenig and George Garzone for Laika Records and 'In-between Seasons and Places,' Scott Tixier’s ‘String Theory’ on Sunnyside Records. The Charles Brewer Trio ‘Contours’ and “Equilibrio;” and Micah Herman’s KCNO Jazz Cooperative “the Heart and the Crescent.” Douglas has performed at international festivals and venues such as Sant’ Elpidio Jazz Festival (Fermo, Italy), Grand Tour Jazz Festival (Terni, Italy), Flint Jazz Festival (Flint, MI), A-Train (Berlin, Germany), Jazz Club Hannover (Germany) and has additionally toured the US, and Central America.


“Douglas Bradford is very talented guitarist and composer who we will be hearing many great things from. He has a beautiful touch, a unique harmonic sensibility and a musical maturity well beyond his years.” -Peter Bernstein.

On :atlas obscura – “Quite a tight, powerful quartet! …This is a most impressive debut from some younger musicians on the ever-emerging New York scene.” – Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

“:Atlas Obscura is a refreshing debut, highlighting Bradford’s skills as both a guitarist and a strong leader while never losing sight of great group dynamic.” – Elliott Simon, NYC Jazz Record.


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

:atlas obscura

Fresh Sound Records



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