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Employment History

Caffe Sole

Composer, Trumpeter, Educator

Black Orchid Music


Berklee College , Boston

Berklee College of Music

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Brad Upton

Brad Upton is a composer and trumpet player whose music has been steadily garnering acclaim in the national jazz recording industry.Brad has composed the music for seven c.d.s that feature his quartet; four of which have been released and distributed nationally to strong reviews and top ten radio ratings.Jazztimes magazine critics poll selected his c.d. "Dragon" as one of the ten best for 2002.Brad's latest c.d. " Appaloosa" is due for release in early 2007.
Upton studied at Berklee College of Music and privately with Richie Beirach, Eddie Daniels, Carmine Caruso, Bob Summers, and Vince Penzarella.
Since moving to Colorado, in addition to his own quartet, Brad has performed with a variety of small and large jazz ensembles and various pop groups.He is active as a studio trumpet player for recording dates.
Brad Upton has been a music educator for over thirty years and enjoys working with young people.He specializes in helping all instrumentalists,particularly young brass players, learn how to minimize their efforts as they maximize ease of playing.In addition, his formidable piano skills enable Brad to provide students with a broad range of harmonic palettes that nourish the student's development and understanding of the jazz language.
Upton has been awarded two composition grants from The Boulder Arts Commission in Boulder, Colorado.These grants resulted in concerts in which his compositions were performed by renowned jazz musicians as well as his students.

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