Bradley Leon Edwards


Bradley Leon Edwards


Bradley Leon Edwards was born on Aug. 23, 1959, in Missoula. He was the youngest of five boys born to James and Grace Edwards. In 1964, Brad, along with brothers Mark, Kevin, Kelly and Brian, moved with their parents to Billings and forever called it home. Brad graduated from Billings West High School in 1977 and went on to study at Eastern Montana College (now MSU-B). His love of music started in those years at school, marching in the marching band, and was a lifelong love of his. Jazz music was his passion, and he spread that passion to others for years as the Afternoon Jazz Show DJ for Yellowstone Public Radio. His show was heard across the region and was loved by many. His knowledge for the music he loved was clear on his show, as it listened like a masterclass every afternoon for years. A world class percussionist, he played with greats on stages large and small, and was part of many groups, bands, and weekly music nights locally.

Just like his music, Brad loved people. His humble attitude toward life made him an easy person to get to know. His kind spirit and good heart made him a great friend. He had a killer since of humor and never let a pint sit full. He cared for his friends and family, especially his daughter Piper.

Brad passed away on Nov. 2, 2019.

Brad is survived by his daughter Piper, her husband Peter and young daughter Isla. His eldest brother Mark, his wife Denise and their family. He is preceded in death by his brothers Kelly, Brian, and Kevin, mother Grace and father James.

In memory of Brad, we ask that you love greatly and treat others with kindness. We know Brad would ask that you live life as fully as he did.

Please come to celebrate his life at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Yellowstone Valley Brewing, 2123 First Ave. North.

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2 thoughts on “Bradley Leon Edwards”

  1. Spent many great times with Brad from the Cheap Cologne days till recently. One of the greatest drummers I’ve known. You will be greatly missed. I am out of state and can not be there to celebrate your life but know I am there in spirit.

  2. We never met Brad but listened to Afternoon Jazz every day on the radio. We appreciated his knowledge and taste in jazz. It has been about a year now, and we still miss him very much.

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