Monterey native sisters Akili and Ayana Bradley have been involved with the Monterey Jazz Festival’s jazz education programs for many years. Akili has been playing trumpet for 10 years and is an alumnus of Monterey Jazz Festival’s All-Star Band, the SFJAZZ All-Stars Orchestra, and Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Akili has performed and produced music in a multitude of venues and events throughout the Monterey Peninsula, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Japan, and many others. Akili brightens the stage when she plays.
Ayana has been playing piano since she was five and participated in the Monterey Jazz Festival’s High School Honor Band, Monterey County Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble, SFJAZZ High School All Stars, and Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Camp throughout high school. She now attends Willamette University in Oregon with heavy involvement in their jazz programs. Ayana has performed in many venues across the Monterey Peninsula and San Francisco Bay Area.