Clive Bradley Remembered: DR. ROBERT STEPHENS
Notables of the performing arts talk about the late great Caribbean musician Clive Bradley
UConn (University of Connecticut) - USA - Dr. Robert Stephens - Professor of Music at University of Connecticut, USA / Director of UConn Steel Ensemble
“He was the consummate musician, not only in his sense of craftsmanship - his ability to put sounds together in interesting ways.. - but conceptually in terms of what he thought about what he was doing - and how he intended to match it to the people that he was working with. Truly, truly, an extraordinary man in that regard. For me, I saw this as just an extraordinary opportunity to try to connect with someone who clearly is a giant at what he does... We use this word ‘genius’ all too frequently, and often it is mis-applied. But here is a person, who I think that the term is absolutely à propos... His music was just simply stunning...” - Dr. Robert Stephens
Dr. Stephens had big plans for working with Clive Bradley - himself an educator - at UConn. Unfortunately the music icon passed a little more than than two months later, after Labor Day 2005.
Dr. Stephen Roberts, foreground, in vehicle with Clive Bradley (in black cap). Stephens was driving the vehicle relative to Pantonic Steel Orchestra on J’Ouvert morning in New York, 2005 (Labor Day)