Brad Leali
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My reed of choice is D'Addario. I need a reed that gives me variety because each musical situation has it's respective uniqueness. It is also very obvious that the care, time, and precision to produce such a well responding reed is taken very seriously by D'Addario. For me, the choice is very simple.

A D'Addario Woodwinds player since 1995.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Brad began playing saxophone in junior high school. It was while listening to his father's recordings of jazz masters such as Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley that he became intrigued with jazz. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in music education from University of North Texas, he was hired as the lead alto saxophonist for the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra and was appointed musical director five months later. 1995, Brad joined the Count Basie Orchestra under the leadership of Grover Mitchell as a featured alto saxophone soloist. In 1999, the Count Basie Orchestra won a Grammy award for their CD, "Count Play’s Duke." On this recording, Brad was also nominated for a Grammy for his solo work on the classic Billy Strayhorn composition, "The Star-Crossed Lover's." He has performed nationally and internationally. A well-rounded musician, Mr. Leali has performed with such stellar musicians as Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Jimmy Cobb, Nancy Wilson, Frank Foster, Jon Hendricks, Roy Hargrove, The Mingus Big Band, Jack McDuff, George Duke, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Smith, and Billy Joel, Robert Downey, Jr., Fantasia, Billy Joel, Kid Rock, Yolanda Adams & Brian McKnight, among others.


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