"I worked to do with my right foot what others did with both"
So said Los Angeles-native Mr. James Bradley, Jr about his musical career as one of the world's finest jazz and rock drummers. On Sunday afternoon, Mamie Hyatt led Keepin' the Beat: An Afternoon with JBJ in Galleri Duerr in Odenplan.
JBJ started tapping to the beat of music from the time he was in his crib, and demonstrated true musical talent at the age of 3 banging on pots and pans. At age 4, JBR was recognized as the world's youngest professional drummer.
Since then, Mr. Bradley has continued to live his passion, playing in a variety of bands, including Mary's Danish, Chuck Mangione, and Anita Baker. He has also played with The Beastie Boys, Crazy Town, and Lenny Kravitz.
On Sunday, his audience was lucky enough to hear the first-hand story of his music, and then to hear an incredible mini concert. His talents are truly amazing and make me wonder - was I doing anything at the age of 4?
I grew up in Annapolis, Maryland before heading north to study at Boston College. In 2007, I finished at BC with a degree in English & Communication; spent the summer living the dream in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; and then moved to London to work various jobs for a year. Soon after, I got my "love visa" to Sweden, and have been in Stockholm for over 4 years now. I'm loving this city and life in the Scandinavian world!
the beach, raspberries, swimming in the Bay, swimming anywhere, the smell of laundry, dogs, wine and cheese, windy days, green, scavenger hunts, hot fudge sundaes, taking pictures, free samples, road trips, charades, bakeries, elephants, camping, the 4th of july, bonfires, sea glass, the sound of music, old photos, picnics, yard sales, boat hair, crunchy leaves, outdoor showers, letters