SONNY BRADSHAW

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Cecil Valentine "Sonny" Bradshaw, trumpeter, born 28 March 1926; died 10 October 2009

Sonny Bradshaw, who has died aged 83, was one of Jamaica's best-known musical figures. A polished trumpeter who played in the style of Dizzy Gillespie, he spent six decades as a bandleader and was a journalist, broadcaster and educator, devoted to promoting the island's music by any means possible.

His Big Band became a Jamaican jazz institution, flourishing intermittently over three decades. Under Bradshaw's direction, musicians who became better known playing ska and reggae donned band uniforms to accompany singers Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Mathis and Johnnie Ray.

Bradshaw had first-hand experience of the onerous conditions musicians faced in Jamaica, including racial discrimination. He served the Jamaican Federation of Musicians for 20 years without pay and managed to institute a four-hour work night and establish the right for Jamaican artists to enter hotels through the front door. He promoted preference for
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SONNY BRADSHAW The Sonny Bradshaw Quartet ‎: Jamaica Independence Souvenir Album album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sonny Bradshaw Quartet ‎: Jamaica Independence Souvenir Album
World Fusion 1962
SONNY BRADSHAW Sonny Bradshaw 7 : Reggae Version Version Reggae album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sonny Bradshaw 7 : Reggae Version Version Reggae
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1971
SONNY BRADSHAW Sonny Bradshaw Seven : Jamaica Roots album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sonny Bradshaw Seven : Jamaica Roots
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1975

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SONNY BRADSHAW Sonny Bradshaw 7 : Do It Reggae! 1969-1975 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sonny Bradshaw 7 : Do It Reggae! 1969-1975
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1996

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