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Bradley Leighton has a unique and powerful sound and brings a fire and flair not usually heard nor expected from a flutist. The LA Jazz Scene wrote, he exhibits the musical virtuosity that has carried his career around the world. His style of swing evolved from listening to the big, hi-octane bands of Kenton, Herman and Ferguson in the 60's-70's while his funkiness derives from years of listening to Tower of Power, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Brecker Brothers and countless other soul/R&B acts. With four highly respected recordings under the Pacific Coast Jazz label and numerous features on other artists CDs, Bradley has established himself as one of the worlds premier flute players.His recording projects Just Doin Our Thang (2005,) Back To The Funk (2006)and his most recent CD, Soul Collective (2009,) were nominated Best Jazz Album of the Year by the San Diego Music Awards Academy and continue to receive national radio airplay and promotion. Bradley has performed across the US and internationally as both sideman and bandleader for over thirty-five years starting with a tour in the US Army Band. Leighton has opened for the Greater Hartford Jazz Festival (featuring artists Joyce Cooling and Gerald Albright) and has headlined for the Gainesville Jazz Festival, Tacoma Wine and Jazz Festival, Rancho Mirage Art Affaire. He continuously performs at recognized clubs like Brooklyn Jazz Caf in Dallas, Scat Jazz Lounge in Houston, Humphreys, Anthology and Dizzys in San Diego along with a multitude of clubs and festivals across the United States. Summer 2010 found him performing at the Omaha Summer Arts Festival, the Takoma Park, MD Jazz Festival, Wilberts in Cleveland and The Carlyle Club in Virginia among many other, all a part of his Music For Life Tour. A Yamaha Performing Artist since January 2006, Leighton is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm of music as a clinician and educator. Besides teaching private lessons and being a flute coach at the Music Magnet School, Oak Park Elementary in San Diego, Bradley leads workshops and clinics for musicians of all skill levels, including, "Jazz Improvisation for the Classically Trained Flutist," and "Music For Life - Improvisation for the Adult Amateur Musician. Bradley is a member of the Board of the San Diego Flute Guild and a participating member of the National Flute Association as well as the leader of the Rancho Penasquitos Flute Choir and the Penasquitos Jazz Flute Choir. He also devotes his time to performing for a number of philanthropic organizations in San Diego. For more information:www.BradleyLeighton.com or www.PacificCoastJazz.com.