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When an extraordinary opportunity to do a solo project inspired Willie Bradley to take his career in a new direction, the Fayetteville, NC-based trumpeter with 'Heart 'N' Soul' invited several young urban jazz sensations, including saxophonist Marcus Anderson and keyboardist Nicholas Cole, to join him for one his regular gigs at the Holiday Inn.

 

From that encounter, a collaboration with Nicholas Cole has produced 10 edgy, urban jazz flavored tracks which are the essence of Willie Bradley's solo debut, 'Another Day & Time'. Bradley features a cast of respected players including saxmen Jeff Kashiwa and Marcus Anderson, guitarist Kay-Ta Matsuno and bassist John Dillard.

 

Bradley's interpretation of the Bobby Caldwell classic 'What You Won't Do For Love', gets a boost from fellow trumpeter Lin Rountree and was Most Added on the Billboard, Groove Jazz and Smooth Jazz.com radio charts. Bradley's appearance with Greg Manning at Catalina Island Jazztrax (opening for Dave Koz) heralded his arrival on the festival circuit. Willie's calendar includes several high profile appearances including Spaghettini, Soiled Dove Underground, Ocean City Jazz Festival, the Magic City Smooth Jazz series and Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest. In 2016, Willie will be a featured artist in Las Vegas at Aliante Casino Jazz Under the Stars and is the headline performer for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.'s 80th Conclave being held at Caesars Palace.

 

This rising star has deep roots in jazz, having performed with icons including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Max Roach, Betty Carter and Nat Adderley among others. Bradley's total command of his instrument is also evident onstage with RJ & The Original James Brown Band. Referring to the pairing as "a unique generation gap between an artist emerging into the spotlight after many years...and a dynamic teen who is way ahead of his time, Willie Bradley and Nicholas Cole truly represent Another Day & Time in contemporary jazz – one every fan of the genre will want to experience.” – Jonathan Widran

 

 

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