Bradley Leighton was born in 1961 near Seattle. He was first introduced to the familys 1909 Hobart/Cable player piano at age 9 and took up the flute in the fifth grade. In high school he learned to love jazz mostly the big bands of Maynard Ferguson Stan Kenton and Woody Herman but also taking a liking to the R&B sounds of Tower of Power Earth Wind and Fire and the Brecker Brothers.
After high school Bradley played in the Army's 9th Infantry Division band at Ft. Lewis Washington where he served for a time as musical director of the jazz ensemble there. A tour with the 8th Army band in Seoul Korea followed.
Upon finishing his tour in the service Bradley remained in Seoul for a time teaching and playing jazz in the country's (at that time) only jazz bar.
Upon returning to Seattle Bradley spent the next 15 years there playing in a wide variety of groups . . . mostly rhythm and blues bands funky dance bands and some jazz. His career has included shows with international stars such as Bobby McFerrin Clark Terry Dizzy Gillespie and Patti Kim.
His sound on the flute is large warm and inviting . . . performances engaging and energetic . . . Bradley is also a teacher and clinician -- gaining kudos for his workshop "Jazz Improvisation for the Classically Trained Flutist."
He now resides in sunny San Diego where he can be found playing teaching tanning and golfing.