Brad Ellis
Brad Ellis and Matt June 2013
Gender: Male
Age: 56/55
Born: 1960/1961
Character: Brad
Occupation: Actor, Musician, Orchestrator
Years Active: 1970-Present

Brad Ellis, born in 1960 or 1961,[1] is a 56- or 55-year old American composer, musical director, orchestrator and jazz pianist. He is known for his role on Glee since 2009.

Personal Life

He was a "gleek" at Lexington High School in Massachusetts.[1] Ellis graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, but it took him fifteen years to get a degree.[2] He has a band, "Brad Ellis Little Big Band."[2] Ellis was elected the honor of "Person of the Year" by Donate Life Hollywood in 2011.[3]

Ellis is married to Eydie Alyson,[4] and they have a comic cabaret show titled "Ellis and Alyson."[5]


He's played with the legendary Dizzy Gillespie and worked with the off-Broadway satirical review "Forbidden Broadway," which included Glee guest stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth.[6]

Ellis worked with Robert Ulrich before when he was casting a show that was all Elton John music that Shaun Cassidy was creating, so Ulrich thought of him for Glee.[6] He was a guest performer for the Harvard Pops Orchestra concert.[5]

Ellis has been profiled by CNN, NPR, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine and The Boston Globe.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Glee Brad (the Piano Player) 2009 - 2015 (+80 episodes)
2011 Team Apparition Organ Specialist short
2012 Bunheads Piano Player/Brad 2012 - 2013 (7 episodes)
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Pianist Episode 4: Summer



Glee Pianist Comes to Harvard01:35

Glee Pianist Comes to Harvard

Brad Ellis performing at Glee Season 2 Premier at Glendale Galleria00:31

Brad Ellis performing at Glee Season 2 Premier at Glendale Galleria


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