Paul Bradshaw is a music devotee, obsessed with the internal martial arts, global culture and politricks. In 2013 he operates as a curator, creative/cultural consultant, publisher and free-lance scribbler but began his journalistic career in the early Seventies writing about reggae music.
During the Eighties he wrote for the NME and The Wire magazine and in 1988 their lack of a grass roots global vision prompted him to co-initiate “the magazine of world jazz jive” – Straight No Chaser.
Over two decades Straight No Chaser functioned as creative and spiritual hub around which a global “nu-jazz” community could unite. It brought together a new generation of DJs/producers/musicians with the master musicians of previous eras.
The magazine provided a home for those dedicated to the “Freedom Principle” and “Intergalactic Sounds – Ancient to Future” and it enabled Paul Bradshaw to initiate ambitious collaborative international live events like the Shape Of Things To Come collaborations which featured artists like The Roots, MC Solaar, DJ Krush, Bjork, Talvin Singh and the cream of the UK jazz and nu-jazz scene. It was concept that inspired two radical tours in Japan.
Despite having a devoted global following Straight No Chaser ceased publication in late 2007 – an early casualty of the Internet’s impact of advertising revenue. Since then Bradshaw has collaborated on various projects The Chaser Years: The Photographic Art Of PeterWilliams , Lemi Ghariokwu’s Art Of Afrobeat, and Beyond the Ballroom – a celebration of UK Jazz Dance. The latter was co-produced with The Barbican and based on Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove’s seminal book From Jazz Funk & Fusion To Acid Jazz: The History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene which was published by Chaser Publications.
In May 2012, both Bradshaw and Swift were engaged by the British Council in New Zealand to run a project with a diverse group of cutting edge Aukland creatives (bloggers, street artist, photographer, illustrators etc).
Following the success of that venture, Bradshaw curated Sacred Music : Sacred Spaces – A Re-envisioning of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. Supported by the PRS for Music Foundation and Sound & Music the commissioned suite was performed on the evening of the Summer Solstice at The Chapel in Kings College to two sold-out houses. The arrangements and performance by the eclectic, 14 strong ensemble won them rave reviews. A UK tour is currently being planned.
Following that venture and during the Olympics and Jamaica50 celebrations Swift and Bradshaw completed Stage 2 of the Arts Council of England funded exhibition/project Word Sound & Power: Reggae Changed My Life. It was shown at the British Music Experience alongside the Bob Marley exhibition and attracted over 30,000 viewers..
Paul Bradshaw currently collaborates with the recently formed Jazz Warriors International, is working with Swifty on the “style & pattern” of this most excellent project – Stereophonic-Supply.co and maintains his own on-line journal – Ancient of Future.