brad dechter

Brad Dechter


Brad Dechter is an accomplished arranger, orchestrator, and saxophonist who has been a professional musician since 1971 and an active participant of the Hollywood recording industry since 1981.

A native of Los Angeles, he grew up in a musical family in which his father Ted, himself a noted classical and big band trombonist as well as a beloved local music teacher, was his primary influence and teacher. Originally playing clarinet and then progressing to saxophone, Brad gained valuable experience performing with symphonies, big bands and various other groups before attending Yale University, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in music.

Primarily working in motion pictures, he has orchestrated or arranged all or parts of over 150 feature films including the scores for Academy Award-nominated films "The Fugitive," "The Prince of Tides," " My Best Friend’s Wedding" and "The First Wives Club." He has worked on numerous television shows including the series "Moonlighting," for which he was nominated for 2 Emmy awards for his arranging work, and "The West Wing," for which he arranged and orchestrated its Emmy-winning title theme for composer W.G. "Snuffy" Walden.

His arrangements and orchestrations are also showcased in numerous diverse record albums, including his wife Maureen’s debut album, "Songs of a Mother's Love," and those featuring such artists as Barbara Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Jack Jones, John Denver, Cy Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Al Jarreau, Placido Domingo and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London.

As a saxophonist, he studied with jazz legend George Coleman (of the Miles Davis Quintet fame) and has played with jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Ventura, Bill Holman, Bill Berry and Toshiko Akyoshi. He is currently the leader of the Brad Dechter Octet, a group featuring luminaries of the jazz world as well as vocalist Maureen Dechter. An avid and strong supporter of music education, he was a long-time member of the board of directors of the San Luis Obispo County Youth Symphony of which his son Graham was recently concertmaster.


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