Jazz at the Bechtler | Lovell Bradford: A Tribute to Cedar Walton

Jazz at the Bechtler | Lovell Bradford: A Tribute to Cedar Walton

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Friday, September 2 at 6 PM and 8:15 PM

This September, the Bechtler welcomes back pianist Lovell Bradford as he joins the Ziad Jazz Quartet for a special tribute performance to the late Cedar Walton. This groundbreaking pianist played with John Coltrane, Art Blakey, and the Jazz Messengers and led Eastern Rebellion and the Sweet Basil trio. Credits over the years have also included several stints with Clifford Jordan, Art Farmer, Vincent Herring, Houston Person, and David 'Fathead' Newman, among others. Joining Bradford (piano) will be Ziad Rabie (saxophone), Kobie Watkins (drums), and Ron Brendle (acoustic bass), performing songs such as Hindsight, Cedar’s Blues, Firm Roots, and many more.  


Concerts are performed at 6 and 8:15 p.m. Each concert is 75 minutes with no intermission. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. concert and 7:45 p.m. for the 8:15 p.m. concert. Enjoy light bites and a cash bar. 

General Admission Tickets

Tickets are $20 for the public and $16 for museum members. Buy tickets online, over the phone at 704.353.9209 or at the admission desk. All ticket holders who purchase in advance of the concert are guaranteed a seat.


Season tickets to Jazz at the Bechtler are available via the Bechtler’s Jazz Affinity Group.  The group is currently full but to be added to the waitlist, or for more information, contact mat.duncan@bechtler.org. Current Jazz Affinity Group members may RSVP digitally in advance of the upcoming concert using the link below. To RSVP, click below and follow the registration instructions on the following page. 

Get to Know Lovell Bradford

Pianist Lovell Bradford, an adjunct professor at Davidson College, has played on a number of top gospel and jazz recordings. Originally from Gary, Indiana, Bradford had many of his first musical influences in church where his grandmother played every Sunday. He studied at Central State University and eventually began playing in the jazz scene in Columbus, Ohio before moving to Charlotte. Bradford has performed with artists such as Pharez Whitted, Slide Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Wes “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Ronnie Burrage, and many others.