Bradley Leighton brings a unique and powerful sound to flute. His style of swing (both in mainstream and contemporary) evolved from listening to the big, hi-octane bands of Kenton, Herman and Ferguson in the 60’s-70’s. His funkiness derives from years of listening to Tower of Power, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Brecker Brothers and countless other soul/R&B acts. He brings a fire and flair not usually heard nor expected from a flutist. Bradley has performed across the US and Asia, as both sideman and bandleader, for over 30 years. As a private pilot he flies into his gigs when practical and performs privately on a regular basis. In addition to recording and performing, Bradley Leighton has continued to share his knowledge and enthusiasm of music as a clinician and teacher.
Besides giving private lessons, he leads workshops for musicians of all skill levels, including, “Jazz Improvisation for the Classically Trained Flutist,” and “Music For Life – Improvisation for the Adult Amateur Musician.” He is also a Yahama Performing Artist. He teaches out of his studio in Escondido, CA in both piano and flute as well as conducts the Del Dios Jazz Flute Choir and is past Vice President of the Board of the San Diego Flute Guild.
Latest release: Every Little Bit Hurts available now!
Bradley’s solo act – watch it here
Some clips from Bradley’s Christmas Album:
Bradley’s Solo gig music snippet: