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Carmen Bradford has an unmatched musical pedigree, and a lot of nerve. As a 22-year-old, she once opened for the Count Basie Orchestra. Seeing the Count himself waiting in the wings, Bradford approached him and asked him for a job. When he called nine months later, she thought it was a prank and hung up on him! Bradford is the headliner vocalist at this year’s Sitka Jazz Festival. For complete ticket and showtimes, visit Sitka Jazz Fest online. With KCAW’s Ken Fate.
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