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Reuben Bradley

Arranger, Composer, Performer

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Biography

Native to Wellington, Reuben Bradley has travelled the world extensively. Drumming with international jazz performers has developed his creativity and passion for new music, whilst international cruise ship work has empowered him with the versatility of a top-notch session musician. These two skills have enabled Reuben to become one of the first call Jazz & Session musicians throughout New Zealand.

Wearing his jazz-hat, Reuben has performed with artists such as: Mike Nock (Aus), Bernie McGann (Aus), James Muller (Aus), Matt Penman (US), Kristin Berardi (Aus), Brenda Earle (Canada), James Morrison (Aus), Roger Manins, Charmaine Ford, Jonathan Crayford and Dixon Nacey. His session styles have in turn led to work with: Julia Deans, Don McGlashan, Mickey Dolenz (the Monkees) The Coasters, The Drifters, NZSO, CSO & Wellington Vector Orchestra.

Formal education at Massey University (NZSM) culminated in his B.Mus (Jazz Performance 1999) led in turn to further individual study with rhythmic masters Scott Tinkler (Aus) and Master Jazz Drummer Barry Altschul in NYC. Although being awarded the greatly coveted position on the City College Masters course (NYC), Reuben decided in turn to focus on developing his performance abilities and compositional creativity.

Having performed in every major Jazz Festival in New Zealand including; The Nelson Jazz Festival with The Velox Brothers, Otis, and the Nat King Cole Project, Wellington International Jazz Festival with Roger Manins and Tauranga Jazz Festival with Charmaine Ford, Reuben has also performed at major Australian festivals such as Wangaratta & the Melbourne women in Jazz Festival.


Composed (25)

9 out of 10 out of its!

composed by Drew Menzies, Reuben Bradley & James Illingworth, arranged by Reuben Bradley with strings by John Psathas, 4m 30s


Choices

for sax, bass and drums, 4m 31s


Circling in

for sax, bass and drums, 2m 52s


Makos and Hammerheads

for sax, bass and drums, 10m 17s


Mansfield (Street)

composed by Drew Menzies and Reuben Bradley, arranged by Reuben Bradley with strings by John Psathas & Reuben Bradley, 7m 40s


Meeting at Union Square

composed by Drew Menzies and Reuben Bradley, arranged by Reuben Bradley with strings by John Psathas, 7m


Wairoa or L.A.

for sax, bass and drums, 7m 37s


Wake Up Call

9m 22s



Arranged (9)

9 out of 10 out of its!

composed by Drew Menzies, Reuben Bradley & James Illingworth, arranged by Reuben Bradley with strings by John Psathas, 4m 30s


I've got nothing good to say

composed by Drew Menzies, arranged by Reuben Bradley with strings by John Psathas, 8m


Ladies Man

composed by Drew Menzies, arranged by Reuben Bradley with strings by John Psathas, 8m


Laura's Laksa

composed by Drew Menzies, arranged by Reuben Bradley with strings by John Psathas, 7m


Man's Life

composed by Drew Menzies, arranged by Reuben Bradley with strings by John Psathas, 8m


Mansfield (Street)

composed by Drew Menzies and Reuben Bradley, arranged by Reuben Bradley with strings by John Psathas & Reuben Bradley, 7m 40s


Mantis & Muscles

composed by James Illingworth and Drew Menzies, arranged by Reuben Bradley with strings by John Psathas, 5m


Meeting at Union Square

composed by Drew Menzies and Reuben Bradley, arranged by Reuben Bradley with strings by John Psathas, 7m


Oh Lord!

composed by Drew Menzies and James Illingworth, arranged by Reuben Bradley with strings by John Psathas & Reuben Bradley, 9m 50s