Davis Motor Sales banner ad
brandon guitar 300LEXINGTON, Ky (10/4/13)—When most people think of Eastern Kentucky music, they think of bluegrass. But for one rural musician, his passion led him to beat to a different drum. Rather than Bluegrass, Brandon Coleman focuses his efforts on jazz music. His love of music started at age 12 when he got his first guitar.

“There is a long history of musicians in my family, but my grandfather and his music is what inspired me most,” said Coleman. “I found out not too long after that I had a natural skill, and for the past 14 years I have been working everyday to get better.”

As a professional musician and composer, Coleman devotes most of his time to jazz music.

“The minute I started playing guitar I was obsessed with it,” said Coleman, “obsessed so much that it took the upmost importance in my life… which is kind of cool.”

When it was time for him to decide on his secondary education, Coleman received a scholarship to go to Transylvania University to study Law. But at the last minute he discovered he could get a degree in Jazz.

“I knew becoming a lawyer would be a profession that was worthwhile,” said Coleman. “But my heart was telling me something different. I went to Morehead State University and got my Bachelors degree in Jazz and then went on to get my Masters at University of Louisville in Jazz.”

There is a history of jazz musicians in Kentucky, so for Coleman this wasn’t a hard choice to make. After moving to Louisville he found multiple musicians that he started playing with.

“I have inspired myself as the years go on because I have become known and have had the opportunity to spread my own original music and the type of music that I love,” Coleman said. “It keeps me going.”

In the past 6 years Coleman has been part of several bands in which he has played both jazz and rock. Just recently he released his first album with a group of musicians from Brazil and Australia. Chemistry is important when musicians play with each other. For this certain group of guys, the chemistry was perfect.

“When you play music with someone it either works or it doesn’t,” Coleman said. “Certain musicians have a certain chemistry together, and since jazz music is mostly improvised, having that chemistry is important.”

Since he has played with a variety of musicians before, Coleman knew that this group of guys was the group he wanted to make his first album with. After having fundraising concerts and raising money, they finally reached their musical goal.

“I’m really proud of this recording because it is all of our own music,” Coleman said. “I really wanted to capture the chemistry and the way that our music all fell into place together, and that’s what we did.”

It was a bittersweet moment for the group, because shortly after the album was recorded two of the guys had to go back to their home countries. Since this was a great accomplishment and stepping stone for the whole group, they have made plans to tour in Brazil in the upcoming months.

“This is the first thing that I’ve put out for the public to make a professional statement,” Coleman said. “I was extremely happy with the outcome of it. I just hated to see the guys leave.”

Coleman said that the most fascinating thing he has witnessed is the use of music in communication. Since he has met so many people from different cultures, there isn’t always a translator. With music, he has been able to communicate with people, because it is one thing that everyone understands.

“Music is a language in itself. I would play something and everyone knew what I was talking about,” Coleman said. “We didn’t need verbal communication.”

Being a musician has opened Coleman’s eyes to not only the amazing, intelligent and inspiring people in the music scene, but he has had the ability to travel and see a whole new world that he never thought he would be able to see.

Check out the Brandon Coleman Quartet in his album, Decisions.

Bonnie Dailey
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

springhour

In Other News...

LBL March Update for Openings and Events

KENTUCKY (3/4/15) — The predicted winter weather event due to hit our area mid-week, has prompted Land Between The… Read More

I-24 Traffic Backed Up From 46-65 MM Due to Crash, Snow Drifts

LYON COUNTY, Ky. (3/4/15) ― Due to multiple crashes and numerous slide offs, the traffic backup from a crash on I-24 in… Read More

Most Read This Week

March 02, 2015 9241

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
February 25, 2015 8512

Multi-Agency Investigation Nets Large-Scale Meth…

in Top News For All Sites by Trooper Stu Recke
February 25, 2015 6360

New Asian Restaurant Coming to Madisonville

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
March 03, 2015 5409

Three Arrested during Traffic Stop

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
February 25, 2015 4299

Local Man Makes Unique Display from Area’s…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 02, 2015 3620

HCSO, MPD Join to Bust Alleged Drug Trafficking…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office

Most Read This Month

February 12, 2015

UPDATE: Name of Pennyrile Fatality Officially…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
February 09, 2015

Police Pursue Man after Fight at Taco Bell

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Stories Trending Today

March 03, 2015 2352

Superintendent: Spring Break Won't be Touched…

in Hopkins News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 04, 2015 1190

Highway Crews Dealing with Landsides in…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Keith Todd
March 04, 2015 1147

KSP Warns of Old Scam Resurfacing in the Post 2…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper S. C. Recke
March 04, 2015 840

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - March 4, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
March 04, 2015 809

Adamson Chosen as Madisonville MSU Campus’…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 04, 2015 753

Muhlenberg County Educator Inducted into Kentucky…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by WKU News
March 04, 2015 737

Mental Health Services Expanded at Western…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Steve Beshear
March 04, 2015 714

New Downtown Plaza to Provide Platform for…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
March 04, 2015 693

KYEM Monitoring Another Storm System Headed for…

in General News For All Sites by Monica French
March 04, 2015 602

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - March 4, 2015

in Video by Crime Stoppers