Geof Bradfield

Geof Bradfield

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

"Bradfield’s writing is a revelation. Not only does it have much the same power and precision of his soloing; it also shows a highly refined use of the limited instrumentation, which allows him to create orchestral textures from just his sextet. " (Neil Tesser)


“Bradfield turned in poetic work on his CD of last year, "African Flowers" (Origin Records). The luster of his tone on saxophone is matched by the depth of his work as composer.”(Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune)

Geof Bradfield was born in Houston, TX, where he attended the renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He lived and worked for periods in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington before settling in Chicago in 2004. Along the way, he has been fortunate to work alongside many jazz luminaries and to perform throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. He is featured on numerous recordings, including his critically acclaimed 2010 release African Flowers, which was named one of the top 10 CDs of 2010 by the Los Angeles Times. His septet performed this 10-part suite in 2011 at Chicago’s Millennium Park to an audience of 8,000 as part of the celebrated series Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz. Mr. Bradfield and his ensemble also presented the suite at the DuSable Museum of African American Art as the Artist-in Residence of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in the fall of 2011.

As a composer, Mr. Bradfield has received several commissions and awards, including a 2008 New Jazz Works commission from Chamber Music America and grants and fellowships from the City of Chicago Community Arts Partnership, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. His recent suite Melba!, inspired by the life and music of trombonist and arranger Melba Liston, premiered in 2012 through the support of a 2011 New Jazz Works commission from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. In the fall of 2012, Mr. Bradfield’s septet toured Melba! in the Midwest and South, returning to Chicago to close the tour at the legendary Green Mill jazz club. The suite was released on Origin Records in April 2013.

Mr. Bradfield also has extensive experience as an educator. Since completing his MFA at California Institute of the Arts, he has held positions at diverse colleges and universities as well as teaching master classes in composition, history and performance in the U.S. and abroad. He is currently Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University.


As a leader or co-leader:

Melba! (Origin 2013)
African Flowers (Origin, 2010)
Ba(SH) Live in Chicago (PCR 2011)
Urban Nomad (Origin 2008)
Collage (CJR 2007)
Rule of Three (Liberated Zone 2003)

Select recordings a sideman:

Tito Carrillo, Opening Statement (Origin 2012)
John Moulder, Live at the Green Mill (OA2 2012)
Trinity (OA2 2006)
Marlene Rosenberg, Bassprint (Origin 2012)
Ryan Cohan, Another Look (with Joe Locke) (Motema 2010)
One Sky (Motema 2007)
Here and Now (Sirocco 2001)
Ramsey Lewis, Proclamation of Hope (2011 DVD, live at the Kennedy Center)
Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, Seize the Time (Naim 2009)
Breeding Resistance (Delmark 2004)
Vs. the forces of evil (Naim 2001)
Kobie Watkins, Introducing Kobie Watkins (Origin 2009)
Marc Johnson, Dream of Sunny Days (Dreamyjazz 2009)
Chad McCullough, Bock’s Car (Origin 2009)
Tony DoRosario, New Chicago Quartet (Chicago Sessions 2009)
Kelly Brand, The Door (Origin 2008)
Michael Allemana Quartet, Inner Rhythm (MA Music 2006)
Tuey Connell, Songs for Joy and Sadness (Minor Music 2004)*
Under the Influence (Minor Music 2003)*
Is This Love (Tuconn 1999)
Godspeed You Black Emperor, Yanqui U.X.O. (Constellation 2002)
Mighty Blue Kings, Live in Chicago (Sony Workgroup 1999)
Vance Thompson, Among Friends (Shadestreet 1999)

Set List

The Geof Bradfield Group performs regularly as a septet and quartet. Other configurations, such as duos or trios of various members, are also possible. The group plays music from the jazz repertoire by composers such as Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and Horace Silver, as well as exciting original compositions by Bradfield and other members of the group. The ensemble also performs unique versions of many well-known standards from the great American songbook. The repertoire of the group is large and encompasses a variety of grooves and moods.