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Vaughn Bratcher

Vaughn Bratcher put down his Cornet and picked up his first Electric Bass Guitar at the age of 13. From there he went on to perform with a family teenaged group “The Uniques” in the late 60’s. He played in church and with local R&B bands through high school and college. While at Towson State University, he met Gregg Hatza, a Baltimore based pianist/organist who instructed piano theory and harmony at the college but also was the leader of a Latin/Jazz group “Moon August”.

Vaughn recorded one album with the group. After several years with Moon August, Vaughn went on to”Free-Lance” as a bassist with some of Baltimore and Washington, DC’s area talent. He had the fortune in the late 70’s to perform with Al Green, Betty Wright, Doris Duke, Z.Z. Hill, and later in his career with Gospel Legends Dorthy Norwood and Shirley Caesar. In the mid 80’s, Vaughn performed with some of the “Young Lions” of the Jazz scene such as Jazz pianists Cyrus Chestnut and George Colligan. Vaughn also played with Saxophonist’s Gary Thomas and Steve Carrington, as well as guitarist Paul Bollenback.

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