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You can call him Brad, just don’t call him conventional. Trumpeter and musical chameleon, Brad Fritcher has been making unique music for most of his life, blending jazz, punk, hip-hop, and other influences into a musical tapestry. Whether he’s been sitting in with friends, playing professionally, laying down studio tracks or teaching, Fritcher has always put his heart and soul into his music.
In 2010, after studying at Mott College under a full scholarship, Fritcher went “into the woodshed,” isolating himself and making a disciplined effort to turn the music that he had in his head for years into something tangible. The effort paid off. The result is a eclectic modern jazz idiom that puts Fritcher’s divergent influences into the forefront. 2013 has proven to a productive year already; with studio work at Blue Lake Studios, releasing a full length LP digitally, gigging weekly, studying independently, and being voted ArtPrize 2013 & St. Cecilia Music Center's winner of the Jazz Category in the annual competition.
Fritcher is a true artist; his artistic interests, spirituality and aspirations go well beyond music. Music is used to paint a portrait of himself. He pays a musical tribute to artists such as Flying Lotus, Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Nirvana, John Coltrane and The Mars Volta. Fritcher’s music will challenge listeners’ perception of jazz and it's tradition, along with helping fans gain a better understanding of who Brad Fritcher is; not just as a musician, but as an artist and a person.