Over the years, the University of Redlands has welcomed thousands of students into the ranks of Bulldogs for Life! Bulldogs have gone on to a diversity of careers and life-endeavors. Recently, Gary Byrne ’64 made a great suggestion. The University should share these alumni success stories with our greater community audience by spotlighting their fascinating careers and achievements.To that end, new plaques featuring a photo and short bio about individual graduates are going up at select venues around Redlands. The first two to be completed focus on well-known jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright, and popular author and activist Gayle Brandeis and will become a part of the University of Redlands décor and photos at the Ayres Hotel on Colton Avenue. More are in the works, and will be turning up all over town, showcasing the accomplishments and achievements of many of our graduates.
Jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright is recognized around the world for his unique rhythm and blues, contemporary, and straight-ahead jazz sound. After graduating from the University of Redlands with a BS in business management, he created a very successful career for himself as a solo artist, in addition to performing with fellow jazz superstars. He was one of ten saxophonists chosen to perform at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration ceremony.
His album Slam Dunk
has earned him a 2015 Grammy® nomination under the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category.This is his eighth Grammy® nomination.
Author and peace activist Gayle Brandeis received the prestigous Barbara Kingsolver Bellweather Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change for her book The Book of Dead Birds
(Harper Collins) in 2003. She received her BA from the University of Redlands Johnston Center for Integrative Studies in Poetry and Movement: Arts of Expression, Meditation, and Healing.
Her subsequent published works include Fruitfless: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write
(Harper One), Self Storage
(Ballantine), and Delta Girls (Ballantine). My Life with the Lincolns
(Holt) was her first novel for young readers. She is a founding member of the Women Creating Peace Collective, and was a member of the national staff of CODEPINK. She served as the Inlandia Literary Laureate from 2012 to 2014.
Contributed By: Visiting archivist , Michele Nielsen '99