I know this is supposed to be Brad’s profile, but…who knew Bastien Ribot played guitar so well? (He’ll be teaching violin at DiJ in 2020.) This kind of thing happens when you surf youtube for Brad Brose videos. There are so many, and they are so varied. Here’s Brad on resonator, on tenor banjo, on selmac; here’s Brad in Spain, in Switzerland, in Italy, in Belgium. Thing is, he’s always playing in good company and always playing good music. Like this, the sort of casual hang one might enjoy of a summer afternoon in Paris:
Though he started joining us by trecking east from California, Brad has been heading west to help out at Django in June from Europe for several years now. He serves there as a Django in June goodwill ambassador, talent scout and bilingual fixer. He plays lots, with lots of people. When he’s not making other people look from the bandstand he makes them look good from behind the tripod—on video. Occasionally he makes himself look—and sound—good on video, too. Like here, with one of his groups, Cat-A-Strophe!