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Grammy Award-winning Carmen Bradford to perform at University of Iowa April 16

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Grammy Award-winning vocalist Carmen Bradford will perform in concert at the University of Iowa Thursday, April 16. The 8 p.m. event will be held in the Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom. The concert is sponsored by SCOPE Productions, the UI College of Liberal Arts, and the office of student services.

Coming from a family of entertainers, Bradford has always been surrounded by music. She began her professional career during college, when she was studying classical music, but has made a name for herself in jazz, R&B and pop music.

Bradford has performed and recorded with a variety of musicians, including James Brown, Lou Rawls, Willie Nelson, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson and Herbie Hancock. In the early 1980s, she joined the Count Basie Orchestra and performed on two of that group's Grammy Award-winning albums. In 1991 she joined guitarist George Benson to record the song, "How Do You Keep the Music Playing," which won her a third Grammy.

"Finally Yours," her first solo album, was released in 1992. Her second, "With Respect," was devoted solely to jazz. She recently teamed with singer Kenny Rankin to cut a guest vocal on the song, "All That Jazz" and is featured on "The Benny Carter Song Book," a Grammy-nominated album by composer/saxophonist Benny Carter.

Tickets for Bradford's UI performance go on sale Tuesday, March 24 at all Ticketmaster locations, including the UI Box Office. UI students, faculty and staff are permitted to charge up to six tickets on their university ID cards. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students.

3/16/98