Native to Wellington, Reuben Bradley has travelled the world extensively. Drumming with international jazz performers has developed his creativity and passion for new music, whilst international cruise ship work has empowered him with the versatility of a top-notch session musician. These two skills have enabled Reuben to become one of the first call Jazz & Session musicians throughout New Zealand.
Wearing his jazz-hat, Reuben has performed with artists such as: Mike Nock (Aus), Bernie McGann (Aus), James Muller (Aus), Matt Penman (US), Kristin Berardi (Aus), Brenda Earle (Canada), James Morrison (Aus), Roger Manins, Charmaine Ford, Jonathan Crayford and Dixon Nacey. His session styles have in turn led to work with: Julia Deans, Don McGlashan, Mickey Dolenz (the Monkees) The Coasters, The Drifters, NZSO, CSO & Wellington Vector Orchestra.
Reuben made his first appearance on Rattle in early 2010 on Trio, the exceptional ‘no-holds-barred’ Rattle debut of the extraordinary (and prolific) Roger Manins. Since then he has released four superb albums on Rattle: Resonator (2010, winner of Jazz Album of the Year); Mantis (2013, Jazz Album of the Year finalist); Cthulhu Rising (2015); and Shark Variations (2017), a chord-less trio recording that has affinities with Roger’s earlier Trio album, but this time with Brett Hirst on bass.