Gene Dobbs Bradford is the executive director of Jazz St. Louis.
Bradford has been the executive director of Jazz St. Louis since February 1999. During that time he is credited with building the organization’s contributed and earned income from $375,000 to $1.8 million today.
Bradford has received many honors, including the St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” “Most Influential People in St. Louis” and “Inclusive Leadership” awards. Under his leadership, Jazz St. Louis received the 2006 “Excellence in the Arts” award from the Arts and Education Council of Saint Louis and its flagship program “Jazz at the Bistro” was named one of the ten great jazz clubs in the country by Wynton Marsalis in USA Today.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in double bass performance from the Eastman School of Music and an MBA from Washington University. From 1994-99, he was director of operations for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.