Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Bradley, John (Dorise)
Bradley, John (Dorise), trumpet and flugelhorn; b. Beaumont, TX, 18 April 1936. d. Augusta, Georgia, 4 January 2012. His relatives are Willie Mae Clark, Mother, Deceased, Calvin Bradley, Father, Deceased, Willie Jean McFadden-Keary, Sister, and Creacy Bradley-Young, Sister.
He attended Adams Elementary School and Charlton-Pollard High School, Beaumont, TX. His studies include time with R.M. Mack, Charlton-Pollard High School- Beaumont, TX -1948-1954, Lawrence Daniel, Local Musician, Beaumont, TX -1950-1954, C.A. Tolbert, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX - 1954-1958, James Lark, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX -1954-1958, Texas Southern University- Houston, TX - Bachelors degree Music Education, 1958, Vander-Cook College of Music- Chicago, IL- Masters degree Music Ed., 1966, Dr. Horaceck, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX-1958, Victor Zajec, Vander Cook College of Music, Chicago, Illinois, 1966, and Southeastern University- New Orleans, LA- Ph.D. Music Education, 1983. He had additional studies with Richard DeRosa, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, 1988 and at Georgia Southern College (University) - Statesboro, GA, University of South Carolina- Columbia, SC, and University of New Mexico.
He has been teaching and directing school bands in Texas and Georgia beginning in 1958 as a high school band director at George Washington Carver High School, Groveton, TX; Sam Houston High School, Huntsville, TX; Treutlen County Training School, Soperton, GA William James High School, Statesboro, GA; Burgess Landrum High School, Millen, GA; Jenkins County High School, Millen, GA; Paine College, Augusta, GA; and Westside High School, Augusta, GA. He is a writer, adjudicator, clinician, performer, lecturer, speaker, consultant, educator, conductor, author, and Past President of the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators. Dr. Bradley was the first Afro-American President of the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators.
He was the first Afro-American to attend Georgia Southern College (now Georgia Southern University). He was also the first Afro-American band director for Westside High School, Jenkins County High School and Lincoln County High School. Dr. Bradley is the first Afro-American to become a member of the State's Chapter of the American School Band Directors Association. He was the first Afro-American National Student Membership Chairman of the National Association of Jazz Educators, now IAJE. He is the recipient of the 1986 Georgia Association of Jazz Educators Outstanding Jazz Educator Award, and Vice President of the National Black Jazz Music Caucus.
While attending Texas Southern University he performed in the TSU Collegians/Jazz Ensemble with Wayne Henderson; Joe Sample; Six Hooper; Wilton Felder, presently the Jazz Crusaders; flutist Hubert Laws; guitarist Ted Dunbar; Percussionist Luke Lundo; Calvin Owens, Trumpeter with B.B. King; Trumpeter Carl Adams, formerly with the Ray Charles Orchestra; Joe Dupars, formerly with the James Brown orchestra; and Hugh Johnson formerly with Bobby "Blue" Bland. Dr. Bradley has performed with Joe Lawrence and the Five Steps of Rhythm and other local and regional musicians. He organized and performed with his own group, known as "John Bradley and His Swinging Soul Seekers."
His former students (now band directors) include Robert Jarrell, Lakeside High School; Sherri Brunkow, Langford Middle School; Mary Gordon-Hall, Sego Middle School; Sherry Puryear, Glenn Hills High School; Jeannie Butler, formerly of Langford Middle School; Karen Davis, formerly of Sally-Wagner; Melissa Harp-Wu, formerly of Midland Valley High School and several are playing professionally throughout the country. Dr. Bradley currently conducts the Georgia Afro-American All Star Jazz Band and the Augusta State
University Conservatory Jazz Band. He is also a past conductor of the Morris Brown College Jazz Band.
He's married to Winnette W. Bradley, Principal of Richmond County Evening School, Augusta, GA. His son is John Dorise Bradley, Jr. and his daughter is Trinita Denise Bradley-Sarpy.
Television and radio broadcasts:
Guest of Cal Thornton "Jazz Show," WGAC Radio, along with Robert Greenhaw, Director of Jazz Studies, Valdosta State College; Guest on the "Blue Barrel Show," Radio Station WRDW, Augusta, GA, "Jazz"; Television Station channels 6, 12 and 26
The National Association of Jazz Educators Promotional Video, Narrated by Quincy Jones and Doc Severisen (formerly of the NBC TONIGHT SHOW BAND/ORCHESTERA); WSB-TV Special Presentation, Channel 2 Video "Running to Pass" Family 2 Family Athletic vs. Academics, Narrated by Kimberly Kennedy and Richard Belcher, Atlanta, G
Cited in Jet magazine several times, and regularly appearing in the Augusta Chronicle/Herald, Metro Courier, Augusta Focus and other local, state and national publications including the Georgia Music News. His articles have appeared in the Instrumentalist Music Journal, Music Educators Journal, Augusta Focus, Georgia Teachers Educators Association Journal, the Jazz Educators Journal and the Lincolnton Journal.
Articles/Interviews and Jazz Quizzes have appeared in the Augusta Focus Newspaper on a regular basis from 1991 to the present
The Instrumentalist, "Sharing by Teaching: Another View of Rufus Reid," March 1995, pages 36, 38, 40
Author of "Test Your Jazz IQ Augusta Focus Weekly News Publication 1, 1992 -2002 present
Numerous awards and certificates including:
Georgia State Chamber of Commerce Regional Teacher of the Year, Georgia Teacher Educators Association, 1969
Burgess Landrum High School Teacher of the Year, 1969
Jenkins County Teacher of the Year, 1969
National Band Association - Outstanding Jazz-Educator Award, April 21, 1979
Received Key to the City of Millen, GA