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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.
The Morning Interview
Carmen Bradford: How I hung up on Count Basie
On October 7th, the citizens of Sitka will have the opportunity to exercise their democratic rights by selecting a new mayor. There are two choices on the ballot this year; the incumbent Mayor Mim McConnell, and myself, Orion Hughes-Knowles. I am extremely excited to be involved in this election, especially against such a worthy opponent. more