Primary Instrument: Guitar
New York based guitarist and composer Douglas Bradford was born in New Orleans, and currently resides in Brooklyn. His debut CD ‘:atlas obscura’ is slated to be released on Fresh Sound New Talent Records in 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, Ricky Sebastian, 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, Korzo, ABC No Rio, Rose Live Music, Symphony Space, Jazz Gallery, and many others. Recent highlights include the release of Scott Tixier’s ‘String Theory’ on Sunnyside Records in March of 2012. The Charles Brewer Trio released its second outing ‘Contours’ in January of 2012. The Peter Schwebs Quintet recorded its sophomore record ‘In-between Seasons and Places’ in January of 2012 following a German tour of their debut album in 2011. 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, The Charles Brewer Trio “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), Villa La Pietra (Florence, Italy), A-Train (Berlin, Germany), Jazz Club Hannover (Germany) and has additionally toured the US, and Central America.
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.