A flutist since the age of 10, Bradley Leighton has devoted a lifetime developing a sound and style that sets him apart from other devotees of the instrument. Bradley’s music education began with the vibrant jazz education programs that thrived in his native Pacific Northwest in the 70’s. Early on he participated in clinics with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry and Bud Shank. He was highly influenced by players in the big bands of that era; Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and others whose sax players often doubled on flute. He developed a liking for a more aggressive approach to the instrument. Upon graduating from high school in 1979, he joined the US Army as a flute/piccolo player and has been performing and teaching ever since.
During the 80’s and 90’s Bradley was a fixture in the Seattle music scene. He honed his skills playing in a number of different groups from duos to big bands – playing jazz, funk, rock, pop and anything else that interested him. He spent two years at the University of Washington studying classical flute with Professor Felix Skowronek and Jazz Studies under Marc Seales – along with regular gigs with popular Seattle pianist Deems. In 2000 Bradley relocated to Southern California and continued pursuing his career with friends already there.
During his 18 years in California Bradley produced six CD’s as a leader and several singles on his own or for other artist’s projects. His music can be found on all major streaming services and he is a member of the recording academy. Bradley is also a Yamaha Recording Artist and clinician. He has led a flute choir for adult amateurs for many years and was a featured performer at Seaport Village in San Diego for nine years.
In late 2019 Bradley moved to Hilo, Hawaii where he continues to perform.