Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Hayes, Bradford (Jerome), saxophonist, educator, composer; b. Petersburg, VA, 25 September 1959. He was raised in Dinwiddie County, VA by an Aunt and Uncle, Odell and Katherine Reese. His mother was Ethel Jackson Hayes b. Petersburg, VA, May 11, 1933 - d. East Orange, NJ, Feb. 3, 1997. His father was Morris Hayes b. Dinwiddie County, VA, April 15, 1931 - d. Petersburg, VA, March 27, 1990. He has a half sister, Carrie Reavis.
Bradford had saxophone lessons from about age 11, eventually graduating from North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, NC with a BS degree in Music Education in 1983. After that he studied with baritone and tenor saxist Charles Davis, and tenor saxist George Coleman. He attended college from 1978-1983, and studied collectively with Charles and George between the years 1983 and 1988.
He has performed at a number of club, colleges and concert halls that include Birdland (NYC), Tavern on the Green (NYC), and the Beacon Theater (NYC). Bradford has performed in different musical settings with Jimmy Heath, Al Grey, Cecil Payne, Rufus Reid, Ray Bryant, Winard Harper, Ben Riley, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Cecil Brooks III, Jerry Butler, and The Dells. Hayes has also opened for Betty Carter, Joe Henderson, Max Roach, Marlena Shaw, Pieces Of A Dream, and Hilton Ruiz among others. In addition to leading his own band, Bradford has been serving as Musical Director for Babatunde Olatunji's Drums Of Passion Band for several years, performing with Olatunji at Yankee Stadium during Nelson Mandela's 1st historical trip to the United States after his release from a South African prison.
He was a part of a historical photo shoot by legendary jazz photographer Bill Gottlieb. Other musicians in the photo are Hilton Ruiz,Bill Saxton, John Lee,and Javon Jackson. It was Mr. Gottlieb's first jazz photograph since 1948.
His wife is Carolyn Lane Hayes, b. March 28, 1961. His children are Bianca Hayes (b. 1996) and twin sons Bradford Hayes, Jr. and Morris Hayes (b. 2000).
Our Fathers (1995); Bianca's Dance (2000); A Jazz Discovery Showcase
Television, radio, films and theatre:
Featured in a TV commercial for Virgin Atlantic Airlines, shot at Birdland (NYC).
Featured on Comcast Cable's "Jazz in the Park"
Featured on "Jersey's Talking", a Comcast Cable TV show.
Featured in a stage production of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grille" with Loretta Devine (Waiting to Exhale," "Dream Girls", etc.)
Featured on "Jazz in the Garden" for WBJB-FM in Lincroft, NJ
A featured finalist on Black Entertainment Television's "Jazz Discovery"
Writer for WBGO-Jazz 88's JAZZAMATAZZ Magazine for Children (Wayne Shorter-Spring 2002).
Received a proclamation from Mayor Sara Bost of Irvington, NJ for his musical accomplishments.
Received a proclamation from the Newark City Council for his musical & educational accomplishments.
Guest Conductor of the 1995,'97 &'98 All-City Band (Newark Public Schools, NJ).