Carmen Bradford
Carmen Bradford

The UofL School of Music’s annual African American Music Heritage Institute celebrates African American History Month this year with an 8 p.m. public performance on Feb 8.and special classes.

The concert features jazz vocalist Carmen Bradford who was the featured vocalist with the Count Basie Band for nine years. Since then, Bradford has embarked on a successful solo career. She’s performed on four Grammy Award-winning albums, sixteen recordings and keeps a rigorous, world-wide touring schedule.

Bradford was also included in a two-hour, world premiere of A&E Network’s “Forever Ella.” The documentary about Ella Fitzgerald is narrated by Nancy Wilson and consists of interviews with Benny Carter, Billy Taylor, Quincy Jones, Rosemary Clooney and others.

The show is $10 for general admission at the door, $5 for students with ID and free for UofL students with ID. Call 502-852-6907 for ticket information.

The mission of the African American Music Heritage Institute is to provide an educational and enrichment experience in music from the heritage of African Americans and the diaspora.

There will be master classes Feb. 8-9 at the School of Music during the day and workshops for JCPS students the morning of Feb. 9.

For more information, contact Jerry Tolson, School of Music professor and institute director, at 502-852-6972 or

Cindy Hess
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