Brad Myers
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Brad Myers

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
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I am currently working on a number of studio projects. 

  • A CD of some of my original material in Quintet/Quartet/Trio format with many of my favorite Cincinnati jazz musicians.

  • A Jazz Guitar/Acoustic Bass Duo recording with Cincinnati Jazz Legend Michael Sharfe.

  • A recording from Wild Carrot with me on mandolin and backing vocals.

  • A Steve Schmidt Organ Trio recording.

As a sideman, session musician, engineer, or featured soloist . . .


Jeremy Pinnell & the 55’s
2014 - OH/KY - Sofaburn Records

  • I am a regular on telecaster, background vocals and occasionally electric bass with Jeremy Pinnell and his misfit band of honky tonk heroes, The 55’s. 

Growing Sound (a division of Children’s Inc.)
2014 - DANDELION - Songs for Developing Toddlers and Early Preschoolers - featuring De
mi Mays & Friends - David Kisor - Producer, Songwriter, Lyricist

  • My first children’s recording for Growing Sound. I played all the acoustic and electric guitars on the album. 

Trio Pi - Mike Sharfe, Rob Allgeyer, & Jim Leslie w/ special guests Sandy Suskind, Tim McCord, and Brad Myers
2013 - STRAIGHT UP SWINGIN’ - Self Produced

  • I was a guest soloist on the track “Speak Low”. 

BBG & Company


  • I played guitar on this funky swing live set from Brian Batchelor-Glader’s quartet featuring Mike Sharfe on bass, Joe Jahnigen on drums, and BBG on keys. 


The Swarthy Band 

2007 - HOW THEY LOOK TO THE SKIES - Self produced

  • I recorded, mixed and co-produced the sophomore effort from this short lived “power pop” group populated with Ray’s Music Exchange folk and led by singer-songwriter Swarthy a.k.a Brian Love. 

CCM Jazz Ensemble and CCM 2:00 Jazz Combo 

1996 - LADY BIRD - Sea Breeze Records - Rick Van Matre, producer

  • I was a featured soloist with the 2:00 Jazz Combo led by Pat Harbison on the tune “Someday My Prince Will Come” while I was an undergraduate at CCM.

w/ Ray’s Music Exchange
as a Co-Leader, Guitarist, Composer, Producer
. . .

2011 - A LIVE RAYUNION - Live Concert DVD Ray-Mayd Productions RMEDVD001 

This DVD is the first live concert video release from RME and was recorded at the first “reunion” show the band did in 2010. 

2004 - BLUE IN THE FACE - Studio CD Recording Ray-Mayd Productions RMECD005 

The last studio CD release from Ray’s before we slowed down active touring, this CD features a tight and groovy mix of RME originals that does not let up from the first track to the last. 

2003 - RAY'S REELS VOL. 2 - Live Compilation CD Ray-Mayd Productions RMECD004

The second release in the “Ray’s Reels” series, this CD features adventurous live explorations from a live band on fire. 

2002 - RAY'S REELS VOL. 1 - Live Compilation CD Ray-Mayd Productions RMECD003

The first CD in the “Ray’s Reels” series. 

2001 - TURANGA - Studio CD Recording Delvian Records/Ray-Mayd Productions RMECD002 

TURANGA is the first definitive studio statement from a super talented band at their creative heights as a unit. This monumental recording helped define RME’s place among the most unique contributors to jam based music and modern jazz fusion.

1999 - ALIVEXCHANGE - Live Concert CD Ray-Mayd Productions RMECD001 

The first official release from this exciting young band, striving to find their niche among the myriad of funk jazz improvisational outfits, captures a live weekend of sold out shows.  This recording earned a Cincinnati Entertainment Award for “Best Album” in 1999. 



Playing music since the age of 6, the remarkable composer/guitarist Brad Myers decided to pursue transcendence through jazz expression at the age of 13. And that purity of spirit and joy of creativity has been at the core of his artistry throughout his musical life. After more than 20 years as a much sought after sideman and co-directing a variety of acclaimed ensembles that crossed the boundaries of multiple musical genres, Brad has decided to emerge as a leader. The recent release of his critically acclaimed album Prime Numbers is a powerful first step. Featuring his quintet, comprised of musicians with whom he has been performing in various contexts for the past five years, Prime Numbers clearly demonstrates his enormous talents as both composer and guitarist.  

For the majority of musicians who possess Brad’s level of artistry, there is a tendency to move to a major city on either coast to develop their careers. But Brad went against the grain, leaving his home in the Washington D.C. area in 1994 and moving to Cincinnati to study Jazz Guitar with James E. Smith at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) on an Honors Scholarship. There he discovered not only a large number of outstanding musicians who shared his wide-ranging musical visions, but also a rich musical history. 

Embracing every opportunity that CCM offered him for his personal and artistic growth, Brad honed his skills in the diverse environments of musical theater pit orchestras, big bands, jazz combos and even as musical director of the short lived tribute to ‘80s country superstars, Alabama. In 1996, Brad made his first of many recordings, as featured soloist with Pat Harbison’s 2:00 Combo on the SeeBreeze release Lady Bird.

In 1998, Brad made a sharp left turn from the conservatory to professional life by joining Ray’s Music Exchange, a popular Cincinnati based funk jazz outfit famed for long energetic improvisational grooves, contributing as guitarist, composer and producer. Drawing upon such diverse inspirations as Miles Davis’ electric bands, Frank Zappa, Medeski, Martin & Wood, The Meters and John Zorn, this groundbreaking ensemble toured from coast to coast for the next 8 years. The group reunited in 2012 and Brad produced their live DVD, A Live Rayunion. 

In the years between, Brad continued to build his reputation and develop his skills with a wide array of ensembles in the Cincinnati/Dayton area. Among these were Aja, a 10-piece ensemble performing the music of Steely Dan; and Savoy Truffle focused upon the Beatles’ “Album Tracks” (with no Beatlemania-style paraphernalia). With the latter, Brad played bass, which also further informed and rounded out his solo guitar playing.
Over all these years, Brad has shared the stage with a variety of top names including John Scofield, Stanley Jordan, Victor Wooten, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Matt Wilson, the Cincinnati Pops and so many more. He was a featured guest soloist playing the "part" of Cal Collins in Nancy James and Carmen DeLeone’s A Salute to Rosemary Clooney. He performed with Pernell Santurnini in a live broadcast from the renowned percussionist’s native Curaçao, and recently recorded with Fareed Haque in a big band recording of pieces from the guitar great’s Garaj Mahal, and then premiering the music live with him at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center in NYC.

For all musicians who strive for the profound, Brad knows that education is a never-ending process. Combining his earliest studies on piano and switching to guitar at 10 under the early influence of The Beatles, Hendrix, Yes, Rush and the Allman Brothers; maturing under the later inspiration of Jim Hall, the Bill Evans Trio, Keith Jarrett, Metheny and Scofield; and catalyzing all of that with his own vast set of personal musical experience, Brad Myers is set to make his own powerful mark on the glorious legacy of jazz.
He already has planned his two follow-up projects after Prime Numbers. His next album will be a duo recording with friend, colleague and virtuoso bassist Mike Sharfe; and after that a classic organ trio album with Steve Schmidt. All of Brad’s focus speaks to his commitment to the highest principles and goals to which an artist can hope to aspire.

“Jazz music should be able to demonstrate that people of all stripes can come together to have a musical conversation and connect on a deep and meaningful level without any kind of negative confrontation…to truly come away from the experience with a deeper understanding and respect for the other person. No negativity – just a determination to understand one another and peacefully coexist in a connected way.”

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