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Brad Upton

Member, Adjunct Faculty

Naropa University

HQ Phone: (303) 444-0202

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Naropa University

2130 Arapahoe Ave.

Boulder, Colorado 80302

United States

Company Description

About Naropa University (www.naropa.edu): Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Caffe Sole

Composer, Trumpeter, Educator

Black Orchid Music

Education

Berklee College , Boston

Berklee College of Music

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Brad Upton: composer, trumpeter, educator | Black Orchid Music - Brad Upton Jazz

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Brad Upton: composer, trumpeter, educator

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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.
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VIDEOS | Black Orchid Music - Brad Upton Jazz

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Reviews | Black Orchid Music - Brad Upton Jazz

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Performed with smooth elegance by Upton on trumpet and flugelhorn, Gunnison on keys, Mike Marlier on drums and "Bijoux" Barbosa on bass, Dragon moves from the vivacious "Blues For S.M.R." and the title track's light blues bop, to the hushed "Mia" - featuring Upton and Gunnison only - and the closing, soothing "Talk To Me."

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Performed with smooth elegance by Upton on trumpet and flugelhorn, Gunnison on keys, Mike Marlier on drums and "Bijoux" Barbosa on bass, Dragon moves from the vivacious "Blues For S.M.R." and the title track's light blues bop, to the hushed "Mia" - featuring Upton and Gunnison only - and the closing, soothing "Talk To Me."
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Brad Upton has got it going on as well - you can't beat his icy, simply horn riffs, which pierce the music with the keen loveliness of sunlight.
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A great album with a great title - Brad Upton's Dragon has accomplished its goals.
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Sweetness | Black Orchid Music - Brad Upton Jazz

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Artist: Brad Upton

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Urban Tulsa review of “Dragon� | Black Orchid Music - Brad Upton Jazz

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Brad Upton has got it going on as well - you can't beat his icy, simply horn riffs, which pierce the music with the keen loveliness of sunlight.

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A great album with a great title - Brad Upton's Dragon has accomplished its goals.
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Brad Upton Quartet
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Brad Upton Quartet Caffeé Sole - Boulder, CO
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Brad Upton Quartet Caffeé Sole - Boulder, CO

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