Cannon: Baseball Reliquary commissions musical work in memory of Jackie Robinson

From SABR member Terry Cannon at the Baseball Reliquary on April 15, 2019:

In conjunction with the nationwide celebration of the Jackie Robinson Centennial, the Baseball Reliquary has announced that it has commissioned renowned jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader, composer, and educator Bobby Bradford to write and perform a musical composition in memory of Jackie Robinson. The Baseball Reliquary is a Pasadena, California-based nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history and to exploring the national pastime’s unparalleled creative possibilities.

Born on July 19, 1934 in Cleveland, Mississippi, Bobby Bradford moved to Dallas, Texas in 1946, and then to Los Angeles in 1953. Over the years, he has performed with Eric Dolphy, Charlie Haden, James Newton, Vinny Golia, David Murray, and others. He is acclaimed for his work with Ornette Coleman, and for his long association with clarinetist John Carter, a pairing that began in the late 1960s. Following Carter’s death in 1991, Bradford fronted his own ensemble known as The Mo’tet, with which he has continued to perform since. Bradford is also noted for his long career as an educator, teaching jazz history and improvisation at Pasadena City College for 33 years, and presently at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

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Originally published: April 15, 2019. Last Updated: April 15, 2019.