"From melancholy to feisty with a touch of Marilyn Monroe.."
With her sensual voice, accompanied by a brilliant jazz quartet, Detroit native Nina Bradlin sings of love, desire and other passions. Her repertoire includes Tom Wait’s songs or jazz standards of the finest, but now especially, her own songs from her second album, which she recorded in Basel, Switzerland (where she now lives), Ireland and in her hometown of Detroit.
NINA BRADLIN (US) was born into a musical family in Detroit, Michigan. Her mother played the bassoon, the organ and the piano and her brother is a blues bass guitarist. She was influenced by Jonie Mitchell, Judy Collins und Linda Ronstadt. Nina Bradlin is a singer, songwriter, actor and director. She is active not only in the music scene, but can also be seen in films such as "Oboleo", "20 Regeln für Sylvie", and short films ("The Vault").
The album "Right Where You Are" ( 2013) goes beyond genre boundaries: the unifying element is Nina Bradlin’s voice, sometimes soulful, sometimes smooth, but always full of emotion, passion and honesty. “Her voice is a surprise - silvery and clear, yet dramatic...from Billie Holiday to Ella Fitzgerald, from Dinah Washington to Dee Dee Bridgewater: All of these jazz divas have sung the standard and yet she manages to make the song sound fresh and new...with a great voice and understatement, she achieves an intensity that thrills the audience.“ Kulturmagazin ZeitnahSog der Reinheit
"After I launched my album, "Right Where You Are" (2013), I performed a lot of concerts in duo which featured not only my own songs from that album, but also the beautiful ballads and jazz standards that I have grown to love in my work with the finest jazz musicians in Basel. My audiences loved my songs and they loved the pared down sound of my voice and just once instrument. What was missing was an album which reproduced this live sound and which featured the timeless songs which were a major part of my concerts. I am very happy to be bringing my listening public this album now with a sound that I am extremely proud of! "
Stardust recording session sessions at Idee und Klang Studio
The recording sessions for Nina's third album STARDUST at Idee und Klang Studio in Basel are now finished and the final tracks are almost ready! STARDUST will be a romantic album, pared down to the barest minimum, with all of these classic songs reduced to only Nina's voice and one brilliant instrumentalist: Philipp Gloor (CH) on guitar, and Christian Gutfleisch (D) and Tiffany Butt (CA) on piano.
Nina is also currently writing brand new original songs for her fourth album with her music partner and mentor Michael Turtle, Berlin-based guitarist Gilbert Trefzger (CH) and singer-songwriter Levin Deger (CH). Recording for this dynamic follow up album to "Right Where You Are" has already begun with Michael Turtle at judgegaffney in Münchenstein near Basel and also in Berlin.
A new song recorded with Skuubi fom Bern for DJ Jesaya from Winterthur will be out soon to benefit a charitable project in India. More news soon!
Last year, Nina also recorded a new pop song with Phil Merk at Rebel Inc. for an independent project.
RADIO: Listen to Beauty Queen on mx3.ch, backstage radio or radio verticale.
In late 2013, Nina wrote and recorded the hip hop song "Salz & Zucker" with the Basel rap duo Tiz & Simsalabim. Listen to the song on Radio X or click here.
Also: Nina's song "Martha" can be heard regularly on Radio X in Basel where it was featured as as the "FRESH" single of the week. "Right Where You Are" is now ON AIR on Radio Swiss Pop
"Martha" is currently nr. 1 on the ReverbNation jazz charts!
Nina Bradlin was selected by the committee of the WW Basel 2014 ("Who's Who of Basel") for their publication this year in the category of Entertainment. Report on Nina Bradlin in the Neubad Magazine in Basel
RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE (2013)
The product of two years of writing with incredibly inspiring and intense intercontinental music collaborationa, Nina Bradlin's second album, "Right Where You Are" surpasses boundaries of genre to create a dynamic mix of styles which reflect the artist's diverse music passions and influences. A fusion of jazz, folk, pop, chanson, torch song ("Rejected Secrets"), blues and more, the connecting element is Nina's desire to communicate each song as a unique piece and to create a work that surprises the listener. "Crumblin' in a crumblin' town, where the homes shot up and are now shot down, but dreams, they grow on solid ground." ("Dreams Grow on Solid Ground")
Nina sings of love, longing, passion, lust, death ("Death is Worth Waiting For"), but also of her hometown, Detroit, Kentucky Fried Chicken and even toddler beauty contests ("Beauty Queen").
The album was recorded in Schull, West Cork and Dublin in sessions with the Irish guitarist, singer and composer Kieran Kennedy (Hot House Flowers, Maria Doyle Kennedy), near Basel, Switzerland with percussionist, composer and Nina's main music partner, Englishman Michael Turtle (wearedust) and the intercontinental blues track "Dreams Grow on Solid Ground" was recorded in Basel and near Detroit at Alliance Recording with Al Hurschman (Bob Seger, Grand Funk Railroad).
MICHAEL TURTLE (bandleader/drums) Mike was born in Croydon, Surrey (UK) 1960. Michael Turtle started playing and writing music at an early age. 1978 to 1981 studied percussion under James Blades at the Royal Academy of Music in London, as well as piano and composition. Also at this time he was playing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and 60s pop legend Kathy Kirby. In 1983 he recorded a solo album at home. Since coming to Switzerland in 1988 he has worked as a drummer, pianist, bass player, programmer, arranger, composer and producer, with such artists and projects as Dust featuring Jessica Knoll, Wake Up 93, Le Prince (musical), It's Five to Twelve, Thomas Moeckel, Danü Sigrist, Bonnie Jeanne Taylor, Emmanuel Bex, Natacha, Fernando von Arb, Rob Reynolds, Oskar Klein, Whysome, No Angels, Monika Miller, Sue Mathys, Andrea Viaricci, Tea 4 Two, Dean Whitbread, Rinalda Caduff, Sacred Cow, Willie Nininger, Vince Benedetti and Nina Bradlin.
CLAUDIO BERGAMIN (trumpet) 1997 to 2001 studies at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Zurich with Kalli Gerhards und Erwin Lorant. 2001 to 2004 studies at the Basel School of Music, Jazz Department with Thomas Moeckel. 2008, further study with Vincent Herring and Jeremy Pelt in New York. Claudio Bergamin currently works as an independent musician and composer in various music genres and bands, for example in musical theater productions, big bands, salsa and pop projects. Since 2009, he has been in the band of the winter circus Salto Natale production directed by Gregory and Rolf Knie. In 2011, he won the Swiss Jazz Award with Alexia Gardner & offbeat Trio.
BODO MAIER (trumpet) studied with Axel Schlosser, Bert Joris, Matthieu Michel, Peter Schärli and Markus Würsch. His interest in world music led to his numerous worldwide music activities such as tours with the "Fischermann’s Orchestra" all over Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Colombia. After a trip to Senegal with the percussionist Mory Samb, they recorded “Journey to Ouagadougou“. A tour of Brazil and various sojourns led to work with various Brazilian musicians. He also performs in concerts with the well-known Latin hip hop group “Delinquent Habits“ and composes music for his band “Aloumayé”.
PHILIPP GLOOR (guitar) studied classical guitar at the Basel School of Music. In the 90s, he also performed in various rock bands in the Basel area. Philipp Gloor currently teaches classical guitar at a the Musikschule solorthurnisches Leimental and performs in classical ensembles and in various jazz formations in Basel and in Solothurn. His classical training is evident in his intricate guitar arrangements of ballads like “Tenderly” or “Stardust”.
DOMINIK SCHÜRMANN (bass) Dominik Schürmann was born in Basel and has performed countless well-known jazz clubs in Switzerland and around the world and in many international jazz festivals.He brings this vast experience to his work in countless national and international formations, including the Thomas Moeckel Trio. In his performance, his passion for music, his sensitivity, harmony, perfect timing and experience characterize him. He has accompanied Oscar Klein, George Gruntz, Karl Ratzer, Adrian Mears, Adam Taubitz and many others and is also in demand as a soloist. He has also performed in theatre productions, on TV and on the radio and in countless recordings, also with Thomas Moeckel as well as his own projects.
(Photo credits 1 & 2: Dedi Basel)