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Carmen Bradford

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Carmen Bradford provides accomplished a good deal in her profession yet fame provides largely eluded her in spite of her abilities. The little girl of vocalist Melba Joyce as well as the innovative trumpeter Bobby Bradford, she was raised in Altadena, CA. Bradford went to Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, TX but fell out when she was provided the work of vocalist with Count number Basie. She was using the Count number Basie Orchestra during 1982-1990. Although she never really had the opportunity to record with Basie, who passed on in 1984, Bradford shows up on several records using the Basie music group when it had been led by Frank Foster. Since departing the Basie music group, Bradford continues to be involved in a multitude of musical actions. She guested on recordings by George Benson (writing the vocal with Benson on “HOW WILL YOU Keep carefully the Music Playing”), Dori Caymmi, as well as the Lincoln Middle Jazz Orchestra, she toured European countries using the David Murray Big Music group (2000), performed the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with flutist Adam Newton, sang in concerts using the Doc Severinsen Orchestra, and it is a vocal jazz teacher at USC. Furthermore, Bradford has documented a Compact disc apiece for Amazing (1992), Proof (1995), and a couple of duets with pianist Shelly Berg for Azica.

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Full Name Carmen Bradford
Profession Singer
Nationality American
Music Groups Count Basie Orchestra
Music Songs Home With You, Full Moon at Midnight, Queenie Pie, You Can Depend On Me, My Father's Island, Take the A Train, Sweet Georgia Brown, The Boys from Syracuse: This can't be love, Creole Love Call, Second Line, Wonder Why, Soliloquy
Albums A Swingin' Christmas, A Very Swingin' Basie Christmas!, At Long Last, Count Plays Duke, Bon Basie de Paris, Live at El Morocco, Bradford, Carmen: Home With You, Ellington, D.: Queenie Pie, Basie's Bag, Live at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Ray Sings, Basie Swings, Dance Along With Basie, Basie Swings Standards, The Best of Basie, Basie In Europe


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Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mad Empress 1939 musical director - as James Bradford
Tarzan's Revenge 1938 composer: stock music - uncredited
Savage Gold 1933 musical director
Black Butterflies 1928 musical program
The General 1926 music compiler - uncredited
The Popular Sin 1926 music compiler - uncredited
Beau Geste 1926 composer: additional music - uncredited / music compiler - uncredited
The Son of the Sheik 1926 arranger: 1937 re-release / synchronization - 1937 version
Western Yesterdays 1924 musical synopsis
The Thief of Bagdad 1924 music compiler: alternative score - 1924
No More Women 1924 musical synopsis
Richard the Lion-Hearted 1923 musical synopsis
Isobel or The Trail's End 1920 music compiler
So Long Letty 1920 music arranger
The Stealers 1920 music arranger
The Heart of Humanity 1918 music arranger
Carmen 1918 music arranger: 1921 score - uncredited
Sporting Life 1918 music compiler

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Schlitz on Mount Washington 1935 Short
Juarez and Maximillian 1934
Isle of Paradise 1932 Documentary as Jimmy Bradford, music score
Mamba 1930
The Globe Trotters 1926 Short as Jimmy Bradford, sound reissue
Slick Sleuths 1926 Short as Jimmy Bradford, sound reissue
Westward Whoa 1926 Short as Jimmy Bradford, sound reissue
Moana 1926 Documentary uncredited
Tumbleweeds 1925 1939
Where Am I? 1925 Short as Jimmy Bradford, sound reissue
Captain Blood 1924
Triumph 1924
Roped 1919
The Fall of the Romanoffs 1917

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Anna Christie 1930/I music: "Flocons de Neige" - uncredited
Wings 1927 writer: "Commotion"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Parted Curtains 1920

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Parted Curtains 1920

Production Manager

Production Manager

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Roped 1919 production supervisor

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tumbleweeds 1925 sound effects editor - 1939 re-issue

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