Clea Bradford

Clea Bradford












 Vocalist Clea Bradford passed away on August 20, 2008, reports Cathy Ponton King. Ms. Bradford recorded  jazz with Clark Terry and Oliver Nelson for Mainstream, New Jazz, and Tru-Sound and soul-oriented sides for Chess and Cadet in the 1960s. Ms. Bradford (also known as Clea Silverlight) had been living in Silver Spring, MD, and was a vocal coach for singers in the Washington, DC area.

Born in Charleston, MO, Ms. Bradford’s professional debut was at Faust’s in East St. Louis, and by 1955 she was touring the national nightclub circuit. Pianist Earl Hines and Ms. Bradford were America’s 1966 “Ambassadors of Jazz,” touring the Soviet Union.

Clea Bradford discussed her career with Felix Grant of WMAL radio in 1961, and a transcript and recording is available at the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at the University of the District of Columbia. Researchers seeking remote access to the files may apply for guest registration privileges.

 Image by Mike Licht.

2 Responses to “Clea Bradford”

  1. Mike Licht Says:

    Clarification: Students and faculty of American, Catholic, Georgetown, GWU, George Mason, Gallaudet, Marymount, UDC, and Trinity universities should be able to access the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives files using their ALADDIN passwords.

  2. Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives Says:

    To apply for a guest ID please fill out the following form or e-mail

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