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Brad Wheeler

Brad Wheeler is a premiere Chicago saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator. In Chicago, he has performed with Mose Allison, Kurt Elling, Von Freeman, Laurence Hobgood, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Members Big Band, Jim McNeely, Ed Petersen Quintet, Willie Pickens, the Joel Spencer quartet, Paul Wertico and Joe Williams. In 1990, he moved to Paris where he led his own groups and performed with such artists as Steve Arguelles, Ronan Guilfoyle, Riccardo Del Fra, Mory Kante, Horace Parlan, Johnnie Griffin, Ben Sidran and Youssou n'dour. He played on Radio France and taught at the American School of Modern music. He is featured on numerous recordings, including The Future Was Yesterday, newly released in 2005, and two Grammy-nominated recordings with Kurt Elling, Man Up in the Air, and This Time It's Love

Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community

Read "Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Being a jazz musician sometimes seems like a life ruled by jungle law. Everyone fights for gigs and puts out music on “labels" with only one artist. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Origin Records is an example of a modern artist driven label that has grown through collaboration and community. As Matt Jorgensen, ...

The Future Was Yesterday

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Inner Vision; When One Has Peace; Journey After Hours; Foreign Affair; The Political Mistral; Emily's Ballad; The Future Was Yesterday; On the Outside Looking In; French Vacations.

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Brad Wheeler: The Future Was Yesterday

Read "The Future Was Yesterday" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Future Was Yesterday opens with a bass/drum knock and rumble, churning ahead with a loose momentum. A bit after a minute into the song--"Inner Vision"--the piano chords in with some gentle chimes, and you know right off you're listening to a hell of a rhythm section. Then Brad Wheeler blows into the mix on a ...


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