Bradan, Tony

Tony or Anthony (Antonio Alfredo) Bradan (b Bradanovich). Teacher, guitarist, arranger, b Ladner, south of Vancouver, of Yugoslavian-Canadian parents, 6 Oct 1913. He studied in Vancouver with Roy Barry (guitar) and Pasquale Fiore (harmony, counterpoint, and composition) and in Toronto with John Weinzweig (harmony). He began his career at 14 in Percy Smith's dance orchestra and was a member 1937-42, in Vancouver and Toronto, of Mart Kenney's Western Gentlemen. During World War II he served as music director in Europe of the Army Show and also was an arranger for the Canadian orchestra of the Allied Expeditionary Forces. After the war he played in CBC Toronto orchestras under Lucio Agostini, Bert Niosi, Ivan Romanoff, Geoffrey Waddington, and others.

Bradan taught privately in Toronto for over 30 years; he has been described as 'the father of modern guitar styles in Canada' (Danny Marks, Toronto Blues Society Newsletter, Feb 1989). His pupils include Marks, Neville Barnes, Gary Benson, Ed Bickert, Art DeVilliers, Bobby Edwards, Kenny Gill, Peter Harris, Andy Krehm, Lorne Lofsky, Kim Mitchell, and Rob Piltch. Edwards carried on the Bradan teaching methodolody after Bradan's retirement in 1979.

Bradan's wife, the singer Judy Richards (b Calgary 15 Oct 1922), appeared 1940-3 with Kenney and later with the Toronto dance bands of Frank Bogart, Trump Davidson, Ellis McLintock, and others, before retiring in the 1950s.