“"Brandy Herbert is a splendid guitarist with a strong southwestern influence...Born in Dallas..and establishes a fine, funky mood.” – Leonard Feather
(From the Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival 1983 program...)
“When Emily Remler's father became ill, causing a last-minute cancellation, we immediately thought of substituting Brandy Herbert, who performed as an All-Star at JazzWomen '81. We were delighted to learn of her availability and those of you familiar with Brandy's musicianship will agree that our decision was incontestable. She has been a member of the Houston Pops Orchestra, the Buddy Brock Orchestra, and has recorded jazz albums with Jerry Sandifer and tenor sax great, Arnett Cobb. She was lead guitarist with "The Bobbie Gentry Show" and has performed with Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Sammy Davis, Jr., Patti Page, Kay Starr, David "Fathead" Newman, Chuck Berry, and many others. The Jazzwomen '81 All-Stars with whom Brandy appeared were labeled "the best ever" by Leonard Feather; that sextet including Judy Roberts (piano), Rosemary Galloway (bass), Marilyn Donadt (drums), Jean Fineberg (reeds), and Kathryn Moses (vocals). We're deeply grateful to Brandy for coming to our rescue and we look forward to another stellar performance from this great guitarist.”
(From the “JJQ “Website:
After years on the road and in recording studios performing with an impressive list of guest artists, from popular stars to jazz greats, Brandy spent 5 years in Houston, working with the Houston Pops Orchestra. Then spent 5 years in California's Silicon Valley working in the computer field and playing music in the Bay Area.
In 1990, she moved to Colorado and now has a home in the mountains west of Denver. A computer systems Project Director by day, she continued to play jazz, blues, funk & rock guitar with some of the region's best bands and appear at festivals such as the Women's Jazz Festivals in Kansas City, and the Colorado All-Women’s Blues Festival, “Women Rock the Night”. After recently retiring from the computer/Project-Director profession, she has returned to Denver, playing jazz clubs in the area, plus occasional recording sessions. Her latest project is working with the jazz group, “The Swedge Jazz Band”, and reconnecting with the JJQ as well as working single & duo jazz gigs in the area.
1968: Graduate of North Texas State University, School of Jazz
Director/Arranger/Conductor/Guitarist for "The Original Platters", USO
Tours to the Far East;
Partial list of people I've played with:
Bob Dorough (Jazz Artist, "Schoolhouse Rock")
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