Long Road Distillers
537 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
The past three years have shown that Brad Fritcher is growing beyond the physical and mental boundaries of an artist. Fritcher, adept trumpeter and emerging composer, has pushed forward with unyielding devotion to his organic vision. It is clear that Fritcher’s musical identity is steeped in an understanding of self, the music around him and process of growth. Debuting his first release with Brother Bear Productions, “Blue Lake Studio Sessions” (June 2013 & ArtPrize Award winner) and second, “The Year of the Architects” shortly thereafter (April 2014). Fritcher’s third, upcoming album as a leader, MOODS, is sure to reveal the next step of his development, showcasing his use of musical storytelling.
Fritcher has studied with many great names in the improvisational field over the past few years. These prominent musicians include Ralph Alessi, Chris Speed, Charles Iwanusa, John Hebert, Uri Caine, Chris Lawrence, and Jim Black, just to mention a few. These continual studies have led to many opportunities within the greater Great Lakes region and beyond.
With a fresh tone, uncompromising ambition and compelling original compositions, Fritcher has been an on call sideman and collaborator in, not only in the jazz community, but in the likes of R&B, Indie Rock, HipHop and Electronic scenes, as well. Artists such as Michael Doyle & Evidence Jazz Group, Mizpah, CARE, Eric Engblade, Cameron Blake, Natural State, Lucas Wilson & the Bad Disciples, Benjaman James & the Old Mission Collective, and Smooth Operations have all made Fritcher a voice within their visions. Fritcher released a genre blending collaboration album with Brett Cimbalik on Chambray Records entitled “Sunrider,” and a new release by Justin Avdek's Underground Circus will be released October 6th, 2016.