Available for clinics and concerts with quartet, quintet or as guest soloist with big band and symphony orchestra
Cecil has written for everything from small groups to Jazz Philharmonic Orchestras including symphony orchestra and big band combined.
Cecil has recorded with many people over the years, but his most recent recordings are:
African Sunrise - Double Bridge Productions, LLC.
I Love Your Smile – Mesa Bluemoon
Mean What You Say - Brownstone Records
Generations Suite - Denon
Lightning and Thunder – Denon
Cecil Bridgewater’s 40 plus years of experience includes roles as composer, arranger and soloist with the Max Roach Quartet and Double Quartet. Before this, he was a member of Horace Silver’s Quintet and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. He has also shared the stage and or studio with the Count Basie Orchestra, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Lena Horne, Art Blakey, and Wynton Marsalis among others.
In 2003-04, he served as musical director for a series of concerts at the University of Illinois called "Jazz Threads" which included concerts, lectures and demonstrations at various venues thru out the Champaign/Urbana, Illinois area. He brought in guests such as; Clark Terry, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kenny Davis, Mulgrew Miller, Carl Allen and Ron Bridgewater to perform in settings from quintet to symphonic orchestra and jazz band. For each of these occasions, Cecil provided compositions and arrangements for the various artists.
"Cecil Bridgewater is a trumpeter who realizes the lineage of the trumpet and has an appreciation for its place in contemporary music," Max Roach! Cecil explores his artistic depth on his releases, I Love Your Smile and Mean What You Say.
Cecil has contributed arrangements to two of Dee Dee Bridgewater’s CD’s – Grammy Award winning "Dear Ella" dedicated to Ella Fitzgerald and a CD of Kurt Weill's music "This Is New".
His illustrious career began with the musical training he received from his parents in Illinois where he grew up.