Pharez Whitted w/Lovell Bradford
There are many moments that can define a mans life and for Pharez Whitted, this is
one of them. Hes taken on the new role as Chicagos Youth Symphony Orchestra
(CYSO) Jazz Director and Howard Reich at the Chicago Tribune described Pharez
perfectly - Few Chicago musician-educators are more qualified than Whitted to build
the new band, for he commands a richly deserved reputation as a trumpet virtuoso,
seasoned educator and irrepressible champion of the music.
Whitted is humble with his legacy and his deep roots in music go as far back as the
1930s in Indianapolis where the Hampton Family Band first began performing. His
mother VIrtue, his uncle Slide Hampton and the other 10 siblings (12 in total) laid the
foundation with their self-educated and courageous father, Clarke Deacon Hampton at
the helm. With that level of determination and talent, Whitted was destined to inherit the
gift of music.
He began his career in 1982 not long after earning his Masters Degree at Indiana
University Jacobs School of Music. Hes been on staff at Chicago State University
The Ohio State University and Wabash College. He recorded his first self-entitled
album, Pharez Whitted with Motown in 1994 and continued recording solo albums ever since. Hes performed with Nancy Wilson, Freddie Hubbard, Slide Hampton, John Mellencamp, Chaka Khan, Ahmad Jamal, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Elvin Jones, Branford Marsalis and Meshell Ndegeocello to name a few. He is currently a clinician Jazz at Lincoln Center youth outreach program, hes a staple at Rivinias Jazz Scholar
program in Chicago and his newest role at CYSO to help find its identity and sound
while bringing new faces to the young jazz scene of Chicago.
Lovell Bradford is adjunct professor of piano at Davidson College, where he also studied Music and Art, is well known and played on a number of top recordings in both the Gospel and Jazz traditions. Bradford is a native of Gary Indiana. His first musical influences were in church where his first teacher, his grandmother, played every Sunday. His gifts grew and took him to Central State University where he would broaden his musical sphere of influences. He began playing in the jazz scene of Columbus, OH before moving to Charlotte, NC. Lovell has performed with artists such as Pharez Whitted, Slide Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Wes Warmdaddy Anderson, Ronnie Burrage, and many others.
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