PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — North Philadelphia native Jeff Bradshaw is leading the pack of the “New Jazz” movement with a fusion of R&B, soul, gospel, jazz, and hip hop on his new CD Bone Appétit.
Also known as “Mr. Trombone” Jeff Bradshaw plays the instruments, sings, and writes the songs on his sophomore album out now. Bone Appétit, a two volume collection of 20 songs features a diverse group of musicians like Marsha Ambrosious, Raheem DeVaughn, Kindred the Family Soul, TWyze, and Maysa Leak.
Bradshaw grew up “in the church” and was surrounded by music his whole life, following in the footsteps of his father who was also a trombonist and singer. He describes his sound as lyrical because he is a self-taught musician who learned to play old Negro spirituals in church. Songs like “Sit Down Servant” and “Peace Be Still.”
“The words are so incredibly important,” he says.
It has been eight years since the release of his debut album, Bone Deep. Since then Bradshaw has loved and lost, married and divorced, had a baby, and rededicated his life to Christ. He describes Bone Appétit as “the menu all can order from.”
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Bradshaw is a veteran in the world of music having recorded and performed with artists like the late Michael Jackson, The Roots, Jay Z, Jill Scott, John Legend, and Earth, Wind, and Fire –to name a few. He also played a role in the Philly neo-soul movement.
In January of 2012, the Recording Academy presented Bradshaw with eight Grammy certificates for his work on nominated songs.