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James (JBJ) Bradley Jr.

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As early as the age of three, JBJ’s musical talents were being realized by his parents as they saw him retrieving pots and pans from the kitchen cabinet to perform on. Because his parents were performing musicians, they were able to give James support and teaching. James Bradley, Jr. was a child-drumming prodigy and at the age of four he was recognized as the worlds youngest professional drummer. Appearing on major television shows in the sixties such as “I’ve Got A Secret”, “Steve Allen”, “Jack Benny”, “Art Linkletter”, “Nat King Cole”, “Hollywood Palace”, and many others. And then a contract with Paramount Pictures, where JBJ played a part in the movie “Cool Hand Luke”.

Developing from a Jazz and Blues background James began playing straight ahead Jazz with his mother in his very early teens. He completed his first National Tour in 1976 with Deniece Williams while still in high school. JBJ then traveled with the great Chuck Mangione from 1977 to 1981 boasting many gold records like the hit song “Feel So Good”. After a short break in 1982 JBJ was doing musical workshops and clinics. James went on to create the group Urban Gypsy which fused Rock and Funk. Then he toured with R&B superstar Anita Baker 1986-87, legendary Pianist Joe Sample 1987-1988, and with R&B great Vocalist Jeffrey Osborne 1988-1989. In the nineties JBJ hooked up with alternative rockers Mary’s Danish, The Go Go’s Gina Shock, The Beastie Boys, Slash and many others. James Bradley, Jr. is presently recording and touring with Crazy Town and performing locally with his group The JBJ Exp.


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