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This profile was last updated on 3/13/06  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Employment History


  • Berklee College , Boston
  • Berklee College of Music
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Brad Upton: composer, ..., 13 Mar 2006 [cached]
Brad Upton: composer, trumpeter, educator
Brad was born in 1952 and grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee beginning piano lessons and then trumpet at an early age. He attended Berklee College, Boston, in the summer of 1969 and then fall of 1970 through 1971; and then moved to New York City in 1972. There he continued jazz studying and mentoring with Bob Mover, Richie Beirach, Eddie Daniels, and trumpet studies with Carmine Caruso, Bob Summers, and Vince Penzarella. In the Big Apple, he wrote, arranged, and played trumpet for a number of bands including Lionel Hampton's, Hector Rivera's Cojunto, and a wonderful rehearsal band led by the trombonist Ed Byrne that featured many great players like Tom Harrell, Mike Lawrence, Danny Hayes, Pete Yellin, Gary Anderson, Steve Turre, Randy Jones and many others.
Brad moved to Colorado in 1981 with his wife and young son to pursue further studies with Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. In Colorado, he has maintained a steady output of composing and performing both in local and national jazz and performance venues as well as through local arts grants, which featured local Colorado musicians: Art Lande, Eric Gunnison, Chris Lee, Ken Walker, Mark Diamond, Mark Miller, Marvin Blackman, Chuck Schneider, and Charles Ayash. He has been commissioned twice to compose music for Trondertun Conservatory, Trondheim Norway, and Boulder High School's top jazz band in their annual collaboration and has also written for the Centennial Brass Quintet.
He has written, produced and recorded seven albums of his own material to date that feature: Joe Bonner, Bijoux Barbosa, Mitchell Long, Sam Upton, Greg LaLiberte, Mark Simon, Mark Miller, Mike Marlier, Tony Black, Matt Houston, Eric Gunnison, and Kirwan Brown. His c.d. " Dragon" was selected as one of the ten best for 2004 by JazzTimes magazine critics pick. Since then he has released " Lionheart," " Live at Havana Manor," and "Appaloosa" is due for release in the spring of 2014. Brad maintains a full teaching studio and is on the adjunct faculty of Naropa University as a private instructor.
Brad Upton Quartet
Brad Upton Quartet Caffeé Sole - Boulder, CO
Brad Upton Quartet Caffeé Sole - Boulder, CO
Jazz music, online music, free online music, jazz musicians, musicdownloads, 27 May 2014 [cached]
IJAMJAZZ Faculty Bios, 26 Sept 2007 [cached]
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.
Jazz music, online music, free online music, jazz musicians, musicdownloads, 3 Oct 2013 [cached]
BRAD UPTON - "SWEETNESS" ..., 27 Dec 2007 [cached]
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