Bradford Hayes


Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Flute, Other, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Vocalist - Alto, Trombone, Bagpipes, Steel guitar, Upright bass, Cello.


Bradford Hayes

BRADFORD HAYES, a native of Petersburg, Virginia has been a force on the jazz scene in the Northeastern U.S. for many years now. He has performed at a number of club, colleges and concert halls that include Birdland (NYC), SOB’s (NYC), and the Beacon Theater (NYC). Bradford has performed in different musical settings with Jimmy Heath, Al Grey, Cecil Payne, Rufus Reid, Ray Bryant, Winard Harper, Ben Riley, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Cecil Brooks III, Jerry Butler, and The Dells. Mr. Hayes has also opened for Chico Freeman, Betty Carter, Joe Henderson, Max Roach, Marlena Shaw, Pieces Of A Dream, and the late Hilton Ruiz among others. In addition to leading his own band, Bradford had been serving as Musical Director for Babatunde Olatunji’s Drums Of Passion Band for several years, until Mr. Olatunji’s passing. Bradford also performed with Mr. Olatunji at Yankee Stadium during Nelson Mandela’s 1st historical trip to the United States after his release from a South African prison.
In October 2003, Bradford along with 4 other musicians became the subjects of a photograph taken by legendary jazz photographer William Gottlieb. This was the first photo of musicians taken by Mr. Gottlieb since 1948. In addition to this photo session Bradford and the other musicians selected, are also featured as part of a PBS documentary about Mr. Gottlieb.
According to Dorothaan Kirk at WBGO-FM in Newark, NJ, “Bradford is a young man who deserves more recognition”. Mr. Hayes has also been a successful music educator for 20 years. This connection to education, and his knowledge of jazz, makes him an excellent clinician.

Mr. Hayes holds a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Music Education from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has also studied privately with George Coleman and Charles Davis.

Bradford's latest recording is entitled “ The Jazz Life”. The CD features Duane Eubanks, Cornell McGhee, Michael Cochrane, Calvin Jones, Gregory Searvance. It is receiving rave reviews around the world.

Bradford also has a recording released entitled “ Bianca’s Dance”. The CD features Michael Cochrane, Calvin Hill, Gregory Searvance, Geary Moore, and Freddie Hendrix. Bradford also released a CD entitled “Our Fathers” which is dedicated to his father, the late Morris D. Hayes. He is also featured on a compilation CD released by BMG Direct entitled
“A Jazz Discovery Showcase.”

Stage, Screen, and Radio
Featured in a TV commercial for Virgin Atlantic Airlines, shot at Birdland (NYC).
Featured on Cable’s “Jazz in the Park”
Featured on “Jersey’s Talking”, a Cable TV show.
Featured in a stage production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grille” with
Loretta Devine (Waiting to Exhale,” “Dream Girls”, etc.)
Featured on “Jazz in the Garden” for WBJB-FM in Lincroft, NJ
A featured finalist on Black Entertainment Television’s “Jazz Discovery”
Writer for WBGO-Jazz 88’s JAZZAMATAZZ Magazine for Children.
Resident for NJPAC’s United Way Arts Academy.
Photographed by legendary jazz photographer William Gottlieb, along with Javon Jackson, Hilton Ruiz, John Lee, and Bill Saxton, and featured as a part of a PBS documentary about Mr. Gottlieb. (October 2003)

Accomplishments and Organizations
1. NOBLE of the Mystic Shrine – Golconda Temple #24, Newark, NJ PHA
2. Brother – Samson Lodge #66 F&AM-PHA, Newark, NJ - 32°
3. Brother – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
4. Member - National Black Music Caucus.
5. Member - National Association of Negro Musicians.
6. Received a proclamation from the City of Irvington, NJ for his musical accomplishments.
7. Received a proclamation from the Newark City Council for his musical & educational
8. Guest Conductor - All-City Band (Newark Public Schools, NJ).
9. Member – ASCAP

Some of Bradford’s Performances Include

North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro, NC
The China Club Paris, FRANCE
L'Entrepot Paris, FRANCE
First Night Montclair, NJ
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
The Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
Bethany Baptist Church Newark, NJ (Jazz Vespers)
St. Albans Congregational Church St. Albans, NY (Jazz Vespers)
Trinity Lutheran Church Jersey City, NJ (Jazz Vespers)
Festival International Nuits D’Afrique Montreal CANADA
The Bahai Center New York, NY
New York State Museum Albany, NY
Bushfire Theater Philadelphia, PA
Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival Red Bank, NJ
The Miller Outdoor Theater Houston, TX
The Montclair Art Museum Montclair, NJ
SOB’s New York City, NY
The Lexington Theater St. Louis, MO
University of Massachusetts Amhearst, MA
Birdland New York City, NY
Africare House Washington, DC
Newark Jazz Festival Newark, NJ
The Bottom Line New York City, NY
Penn State University State Park, PA
Aaron Davis Hall New York City, NY
Kilamonjaro’s Washington, DC
Montclair Blues & Jazz festival Montclair, NJ
The Beacon Theater New York City, NY
The PECO Jazz Festival Philadelphia, PA
The Park West Theater, Chicago, Ill
Ortlieb's Jazzhaus Philadelphia, PA
NJPAC (Prudential Hall), Newark, NJ
Arts Centre Accra, Ghana WEST AFRICA
The Panasonic Jazz Festival New York City, NY
Sweet Basil's (Now called Sweet Rhythms) NYC, NY
The Tennessee Williams Arts Center Key West, Fla.
The Asbury Park Jazz Festival Asbury Park, NJ
Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar New York City, NY
The Newark Museum Newark, NJ
Sounds Of The City (NJPAC) Newark, NJ
Decade New York City, NY
Jazz In The Park Red Bank, NJ
The Theater Square Grill (NJPAC) Newark, NJ
Marcus Garvey Park Harlem, NY
Diva Lounge Montclair, NJ
The Arts Guild of Rahway Rahway, NJ
The East Orange Public Library East Orange, NJ
The John Coltrane Jazz Festival Montclair, NJ
Delta’s New Brunswick, NJ
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Philadelphia, PA
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Brooklyn, NY
Sunfest London Ontario CANADA
Trumpets Montclair, NJ
Internat’l Afro Caribeno Festival Veracruz, MEXICO
Riverside Park South New York City, NY
Medgar Evers College Brooklyn, NY
Newark Symphony Hall Newark, NJ
Zinc Bar New York City, NY
Cecil's West Orange, NJ
The Priory Newark, NJ
Cleopatra's Needle New York City, NY

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Screen name:
Bradford Hayes
Member since:
Aug 01 2010
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
60 years


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