Carla Helmbrecht with Special Guest Brad Leali at Doc's Lab
Carla Helmbrecht with Special Guest Brad Leali at Doc's Lab Grammy-nominated singer/writer, Carla Helmbrecht, began her love affair with music at the age of eight. A native of Wisconsin, Carla was raised in a large music-loving family and it wasn't uncommon for them to spend endless evenings making music. By age 13, she sang professionally and continued her musical studies through college. Early influences included Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Julie London, Nancy Wilson, and Shirley Horn. Carla's first recordings with Heart Music earned prominent positions on Gavin's Jazz Chart and debuted as "the most added jazz record on radio in the nation". She lives in San Francisco and performs locally and internationally. Saxophonist Brad Leali was among the most soulful and exciting I've heard recently." - New York Times With a unique style and sound, which echoes the influences of his past, Brad Leali is one of the most notable saxophonists of current times. Leali toured and recorded with numerous notables, including many years with the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra and with the Count Basie Orchestra. Leali was a standing member of the Kennedy Center Honors Band and performed for President Obama's inaugural celebration. Brad has had a long-time endorsement with Keilwerth Saxophones and D'Addario Reeds. Currently the professor of jazz saxophone at UNT, Brad continues to perform domestically and abroad, including touring with Lyle Lovett & His Large Band.