Jay Brandford BioBRMLS at Rochester Jazz Fest June 2008

Jay Brandford is the baritone saxophonist with the world famous Count Basie Orchestra. As a jazz musician, he has traveled the world and/or recorded with Ron Carter, Gerald Wilson, Mercer Ellington, Jon Hendricks, Ben Riley, David Liebman, the David Berger Jazz Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and many others. Jay’s arrangements have been played and recorded by many artists including the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Jerry Dodgion’s Joy Of Sax, and the critically acclaimed Westchester Jazz Orchestra. More of Jay’s compositions and arrangements are performed by the Jay Brandford Tentet.

As a woodwind doubler, Jay has performed and/or recorded with a variety of entertainers including Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Cleo Laine, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, and Jay-Z. Jay was in the original Broadway productions The Color Purple, Billy Elliot: The Musical, and Nice Work If You Can Get It.


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