THE BROTHERLY LOVE BENEFIT CONCERT
Honoring Philadelphia’s Beloved Trombonist, Jeff Bradshaw
Featuring Jill Scott, Kenny Lattimore, Robert Glasper & Najee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Philadelphia, PA (January 11, 2017) – On Friday, January 20, 2017, Artists First, Inc. and DSE Live presents a special benefit concert, held at the TLA, in honor of jazz and R&B trombonist, Jeff Bradshaw. After publicly announcing being diagnosed with Diverticulitis (intestine disease of the colon), and receiving an out pour of support from fans, friend and GRAMMY award-winning singer Jill Scott organized a benefit concert to help with Bradshaw’s increasing financial medical needs, and awareness about the disease to the public.
Philadelphia native, Jeff Bradshaw has worked with many respected artists in the music industry including: Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott, Jay Z, Erykah Badu, Kirk Franklin, The Roots, Trombone Shorty, and Marsha Ambrosius, to name a few. Bradshaw has toured around the world, sharing his gift of music to uplift and inspire people for 20 years. He has 3 successful albums, and considered one of the most sought after trombonist in the industry. In October 2016, Bradshaw was diagnosed with Diverticulitis after being rushed to the hospital with severe stomach pain. He spent a total of 17 days at the hospital and due to surgery and ongoing medical treatment, Bradshaw could not perform nor play for 3 months. Despite this life-crisis, Bradshaw is dedicated to use his platform to educate the community about the disease and how having a healthy diet can help with prevention, as he states “It is very important that our community is informed about this disease for prevention purposes. I hope my story empowers others to learn from my mistakes and take action with embracing a healthier lifestyle – proper diet, exercise, & wellness.”
The Brotherly Love Benefit Concert, will feature special guest performances by Jill Scott, Kenny Lattimore, Robert Glasper, Najee, Bilal, Algebra Blessett, Raheem DeVaughn, and hosted by R&B singer Eric Roberson. Reflecting on the concert’s artist line up, “I’m extremely humbled by the out pour of love and support for me since announcing my diagnosis with Diverticulitis. To have my friends and peers in the music industry come together to help me build awareness about this disease is a blessing!” states Bradshaw. Portion of the proceeds will go to the GRAMMY MusiCares Foundation, to assist musicians (like Jeff) with resources with medical, housing, and other humanitarian needs. Tickets are on sale via ticketmaster.com. For more information, call: (215) 922-1011. Social media: @iamjeffbradshaw (IG, Facebook, and Twitter).
About Jeff Bradshaw:
Jeff Bradshaw was born in North Philadelphia. His is father was a minister so his formative musical experiences were in church, where brass bands were a staple. Jeff amazingly never took formal lessons. The first instrument he began playing was the snare drum. Following that he began playing baritone horn and sousaphone. Professionally he has released 3 albums and currently signed with Shanachie Entertainment label. His latestest album, HOME features hit single, “All Time Love,” with Eric Roberson and Tweet, along with “New Orleans Groove” featuring Trombone Shorty. HOME is currently available digitally worldwide. http://shanachie.com/
After a blazing concert in Philadelphia, the outpour of support for Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw has been nothing short of amazing. Since the DSE Live production on January 20th, 2017, the sold out Brotherly Love Concert prompted family friends and fans to donate more than $20,000 to his cause, the reason for the event which featured performances and appearances by some of the biggest names in the industry.
“I really wanted Jeff to know how dedicated we are to his health and well-being as he has been so dedicated to others in sharing his talents,” said Desiree Samira, owner and Creative Director of DSE Live. “His commitment to his craft and to the music community made this event a must-do.”
It started as an idea by Jill Scott, Grammy-winning singer and fellow Philadelphian whose philanthropic spirit touched a number of artists and got the attention of the good people at the Grammy’s MusiCares Foundation to bring the Brotherly Love Benefit Concert to life. Bradshaw, who has been an artist that has worked with DSE Live for several years, was diagnosed with diverticulitis back in October of 2016. Diverticulitis is an inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches in the digestive tract – the drastic changes in his health caused tremendous concern for his management team and others who seen the accumulation of medical expenses and less performances due to the illness. With the show being the first production in Philadelphia by DSE Live, it was an opportunity to show Bradshaw what he meant to his team, to his fans and to his city.
The night was absolutely magical as each act made the show more whole and complete. Far from a benefit concert, DSE Live created an atmosphere that made the night felt more like a reunion of living legends. Opening the concert was Patti Jackson of WDAS, bringing the energy of summer nights at The Dell. The soulful energy set the tone as audience members were already familiar with her style.
Master of ceremonies was singer, songwriter and producer Eric Roberson where he engaged the crowd with his charming showmanship and even sang a sweet melody to give concertgoers more bang for their buck.
Jean Baylor of 90s hit duo Zhané sparked the night with the first performance, followed by violinist Chelsey Green of The Green Project, R&B songbird Algebra Blessett, Grammy-winning saxophonist Najee, Philly’s own neo-soul superstar Bilal, as well as Kenny Lattimore, Raheem Devaughn, Maysa and Robert Glasper.
Treena Ferebee and Bilal came out during Glasper’s set, giving Bradshaw, percussionist/producer CJ Branch, Jill Scott, and Kindred the Family Soul a well-warranted praise break.
DJ Kool made a surprise appearance and rocked the place with his smash hit “Let Me Clear My Throat,” a Philly anthem which was then followed up by the house band playing gogo classic “Da Butt,” setting the stage for Sugar Bear of D.C.’s E.U. to set it off.
Husband and wife duo from Philadelphia, Kindred The Family Soul, sang their hit “Far Away” to show their “brotherly love and sisterly affection” for Bradshaw.
The final act of the night was Miss Jill Scott, affectionately known as “Jilly from Philly.” Giving the crowd something they could feel, it was her magic and love for her fellow musicians that brought the evening full circle.
Bradshaw was celebrated by the extended community where he received a Citation of Recognition from Philadelphia City Councilman-At-Large Derek Green. Also in support was WRNB’s Dyana Williams on behalf of the Philadelphia Chapter of The Recording Academy, and from Fox 29’s Alex Holley of “Good Day Philadelphia” and Quincy Harris of “The Q.”
Only DSE Live could execute such an event as seamlessly as the Brotherly Love Concert. The momentum of the show has pushed the production company to design more concerts to showcase headlining acts for tremendous causes. Bradshaw will be honored in his hometown on June 12, 2017 at The Painted Bride Theatre. Continue to show support for a child of Philly’s historic music scene and donate to the #LiveJeffLive campaign via GoFundMe and visit the DSE Live Facebook page for hot takes of the hottest concert for a cause to hit the city of Philadelphia!