Fillmore Jazz Festival Features Brad Leali and Vocalist Carla Helmbrecht

With a unique style and sound, which echoes the influences of his past, Brad Leali is one of the most notable saxophonists of current times.

Leali toured and recorded with numerous jazz greats, including several years with the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra and with the Count Basie Orchestra.

Leali was a standing member of the Kennedy Center Honors Band and performed for President Obama’s inaugural celebration.

Brad has had a long-time endorsement with Keilwerth Saxophones and D’Addario Reeds. Currently the professor of jazz saxophone at UNT, Brad continues to perform domestically and abroad, including touring with Lyle Lovett & His Large Band.

“Saxophonist Brad Leali was among the most soulful and exciting I’ve heard recently.” – New York Times

“His solos are sparkling and Cannonball Adderley influenced.”
- Evening Standard (London, England).

Joining Brad and his quartet at 3 p.m. today is vocalist Carla Helmbrecht, a recording artist and nightclub star well known to Bay Area jazz afficionados.