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    With his distinctive voice and elegant style, Chicago favorite BRADFORD NEWQUIST has won a legion of fans at theaters, concert halls and clubs across the country and around the world. Bradford has thrilled audiences with his own arrangements of big band standards, jazz, pop and Broadway for nearly three decades. The demand for his winning combination of charming stage manner and smooth voice has taken him around the world as a headliner on eight cruise ship tours, including the SS Rotterdam Silver Anniversary World Cruise and to a solo concert in Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.


    Here in the United States, he has won the acclaim of audiences at numerous venues including the Sunshine Dinner Playhouse, Herrin Civic Center, Rockford Park District's Music in the Park program, SummerWind in Norman, Oklahoma, attracting an audience of 5,000 and the Arlington Heights International Showcase Series. In Chicago, Bradford has performed in concert at Chicago Symphony Center's glamorous Grainger Ballroom, Toulouse on the Park, Maxim’s, the Moulin Rouge in the Fairmont Hotel, for many Chicago area Public Libraries and the Chicago Office of Tourism.


    Bradford is currently appearing in the following shows:

        IT'S ALL RIGHT WITH ME . . . a collection of Cole Porter

        THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK . . . celebrating America's singers and songwriters

        BRADFORD ON BROADWAY . . . an eclectic pick of the Big Apple
        HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD . . . a musical salute to the Silver Screen
        HOLIDAY CROON & SWOON . . . a classic Christmas collection

        MY FUNNY VALENTINE . . . songs of love and laughter

        YOU'RE A GRAND OLD FLAG . . . a tribute to America and its music

       

    The exciting collection of Cole Porter is also the title of Bradford's solo debut album which was featured on both The Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan and the Jan Coleman Show, WGN Radio.  He has also released a 2nd self-produced solo album, HOME and is performing this collection in concert.


    In addition to performing at theaters, concert halls and clubs throughout Chicago, Bradford was Lead Male Vocalist for Chicago's well known Stanley Paul Orchestra for 13 years.  Bradford is currently a vocalist with the City Lights Orchestra and leads the William Underwood Quartet.  Among the many distinctive celebrities and dignitaries he has sung for are John Travolta, Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Jamie Lee Curtis, Barbra Eden, Paul Harvey, Illinois Governor George Ryan, Neil Sedaka, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Cardinal Bernadin and Muhammed Ali.


    Bradford received his degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Oklahoma.  His training, energy and musical gifts combine to make Bradford a certain hit with audiences of all ages.