Born: June 30, 1970 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Geof 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....
Awards:2012 Illinois Arts Council Grant for Music Composition 2011 New Jazz Works: Composition and Presentation Award from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation 2010 Illinois Arts Council Grant for Music Composition 2010 Fellowship in Music Composition from the Black Metropolis Research Consortium and the Carnegie-Mellon Foundation. 2009 Community Arts Assistance Program Grant from the City of Chicago 2008 New Works: Composition and Presentation Award from Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation
Selected as one of the Top 10 Jazz CDs of 2010 by The Los Angeles Times, Neil Tesser, the Ottawa Citizen, Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz, and the All Music Guide.
Selected as one of the best CDs of 2010 by Tom Hull of the Village Voice.
Named “one of the most anticipated CDs of 2010 by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune.
“…the resulting suite of music from Bradfield draws as much from his own musical essence as a modern jazz performer steeped in the jazz heritage, as it draws directly from African music. With all these elements plus his innovative imagination and strong writing and arranging skills, Bradfield has crafted an appealing musical portrait of Africa which is well comprehended and performed by his excellent sextet, yielding one of the finest jazz albums of the year in my view. (Cadence Magazine)
“African Flowers is a knock-out!” (Peter Margasak)
Bradfield's experiences [in Africa] play out vividly on the new disc in a continuous suite; the thematic arc is identical to his itinerary… Butare, Lubumbashi Kampala and Harare, divided by solo interludes in addition to melodic anecdotes, like the hard-swinging postbop bustle Nairobi Transit and tender ballad Mama Yemo, A sleek swing undercurrent keeps African Flowers filed in the jazz bin, but the syncopated countermelodies coursing through Bradfield's compositions play like a musical travelogue. (Downbeat)
“Bradfield turned in poetic work on his CD of last year, African Flowers. The luster of his tone on saxophone is matched by the depth of his work as composer.”(Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune)
...together the band delivers entrancing polyrhythmic themes like the melodic Rwandan praise song Butare and the danceable Congolese rumba Lubumbashi, the latter a catchy clave vehicle for the leader's bold tenor sax work. (Bill Milkowski, Jazztimes)
Bradfield traveled to Africa and like many jazz musicians who have journeyed overseas to hear other forms of music, absorbed what he heard and blended influences from them with his own original ideas...Africa seen through the prism of Geof Bradfield's music proves to be a delightful experience. (AllMusicGuide)
We’ve come to expect top-drawer saxophone solos from Bradfield... His solos unwind with a wealth of imaginative detail but without any sense of alacrity; at his most impassioned, he remains unruffled and unflappable, drawing occasional comparisons to a young Sonny Rollins or to the contemporary Chris Potter. But 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, The Examiner)
He gracefully and precisely leads a superb sextet—with Fludas, Cohan, Sommers, guitarist Jeff Parker, and trumpeter Victor Garcia—through pieces characterized by lush, elegant melody lines and streaked with contrapuntal figures and pretty harmonies. Bradfield hasn’t undertaken an ethnographic experiment here—like the Ellington work I mentioned above, what he saw and heard functioned as an inspiration for ideas in his own idiom. (Chicago Reader)
Mature and exciting work from an ascendant player and composer. (Chicagojazz.net)
Bradfield's excellent jazz adventure into Africa ultimately leads right back home. Funny, how small this world actually is. This is one beautiful record. (Allaboutjazz)
Track Listing: Kansas City Child; Central Avenue; Dizzy Gillespie; Randy Weston; Solo Saxophone Introduction; Detroit-Kingston; Homecoming; Let me not lose my dream.
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: tenor saxophone, soprano sxophone, bass clarinet; Ryan Cohan: piano; Jeff Parker: guitar; Joel Adams: trombone; Victor Garcia:trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion; Clark Sommers: bass; George Fludas:drums,percussion; Maggie Burrell:vocals
Track Listing: Butare; Piano Solo; The Children's Room; Lubumbashi; Mama Yemo; Drum Solo; Nairobi Transit; Prelude; Kampala; Bass Solo; The Nurse From Nairobi; Harare/Leaving Africa.
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: tenor saxophone, soprano sxophone, bass clarinet, flute; Ryan Cohan: piano; Jeff Parker: guitar; Victor Garcia:trumpet, flugelhorn, congas, percussion; Clark Sommers: bass; George Fludas: drums, percussion.
Tracks: Urban Nomad;Janus Groove;Ever Ever Land; i carry your heart with me;You're My Everything;Twirl;Chin Check;Kids are Pretty People;Con Alma.
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: Tenor and Soprano Saxophone; Ron Perrillo: piano; George Fludas: drums; Clark Sommers: bass.
Rule of Three
Tracks: John Gilmore;Koan;Nichols Plated;Day Dream;Paul's Pal;Contemplation;Reconciliation;Persephone;Happy.
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: Tenor and Soprano Saxophone; Ted Sirota:drums; Noel Kupersmith:bass.
As A co-Leader
Piece of Coal Music
Tracks: Introduction; Nairobi Transit; think of One; Trillium; Io; Randy and Melba;Inga
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: tenor saxophone and bass clarinet; Dana Hall: drums; Clark Sommers: Bass
Tracks: The Pontificator; Night Trivia; Distraction; Urban Nomad; Still; November Song; Tricycle; Bagatelle; Myron.
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: Tenor and soprano sax, bass clarinet; Sam Macy: guitar; Hyosub Kim: bass; John Smillie: drums.
As A Side Musician
Eleventh Hour: Live at the Green Mill
Track Listing: Proclamation of the Unexpected; African Sunset; Cold Sea Triptych (Introduction); Cold Sea Triptych; The Eleventh Hour; Gateway; Magical Space; Creation; Time Being.
Personnel: John Moulder: electric and acoustic guitars; Geof Bradfield: saxophones, bass clarinet; Jim Trompeter: piano; Larry Gray: bass; Paul Wertico: drums.
Track Listing: Monk'n Around; Joshua; You & Me; This or That; Caravan; (Intro) Gentle Souls; Gentle Souls; Another Look; (Intro) Song for my Grandfather; Song for my Grandfather; Steppin' Up.
Personnel: Ryan Cohan: piano; Joe Locke: vibraphone; Geof Bradfield: soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet; Lorin Cohen: bass; Kobie Watkins: drums; Steve Kroon: percussion.
Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls
Seize the Time
Track Listing: Clampdown; 13 De Maio; Free Cell Block F, 'Tis Nazi U.S.A.; Hard Times (Come Again No More); Killa Dilla; Tollway; Viva Max! (Improvised Drum Solo); J.Y.D.; Polo Mze Pt. 1; Polo Mze Pt. 2; Little D; The Keys To Freedom.
Personnel: Ted Sirota: drums; Geof Bradfield: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Greg Ward: alto saxophone; Dave Miller: guitar; Jake Vinsel: acoustic bass, electric bass.
Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls
Tracks: Saro-Wiwa; Chairman Fred; Knife; For Martyrs; This is a Takeover; Elegy; Breeding Resistance; Huntsville, TX; D.C.; Axe; Pablo.
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: Tenor and soprano sax, bass clarinet; Ted Sirota: drums; Jeff Parker: guitar; Jeb Bishop: trombone; Clark Sommers: bass.
vs. the Forces of Evil
Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: Tenor and soprano sax, bass clarinet; Ted Sirota: drums; Rob Mazurek: cornet; Noel Kupersmith: bass; Kevin Kizer: tenor saxophone and clarinet; Jeff Parker: guitar.
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: Tenor and soprano sax, bass clarinet; Ryan Cohan: piano; Bob Shepard: tenor and soprano saxophone; Tito Carrillo: trumpet and flugelhorn; Kobie Watkins: drums; Lorin Cohen: bass; James Cammack: bass.
Kelly Brand Nextet
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: Tenor and soprano sax, flute; Kelly Brand: piano; Kelly Sill: bass; John Deitemeyer: drums; Art Davis: trumpet; Naomi Sill: cello.
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: Tenor and soprano sax; John Moulder: guitar; Laurence Hobgood: piano; Rob Amster: bass; Kelly Sill: bass; Paul Wertico: drums; Tito Carrillo: trumpet; Paul McCandless: english horn; Brad Wheeler: saxophone; Jim Gailleretto: saxophones.
Michael Allemana Quartet
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: Tenor and soprano sax; Michael Allemana: guitar; Ted Sirota: drums; Matt Ferguson: bass.
Here and Now
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: Tenor and soprano sax, bass clarinet; Ryan Cohan: piano; Bob Shepard: tenor and soprano saxophone; Tito Carrillo: trumpet and flugelhorn; Dana Hall: drums; Lorin Cohen: bass; James Cammack: bass.
Under the Influence
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: Tenor sax; Steve Klink: piano; Tuey Connell: guitar, banjo, vocals.
Songs for Joy and Sadness
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: Tenor and soprano sax; Dana Hall: drums; Tuey Connell: guitar, banjo, vocals; Matt Ferguson: bass; Dennis Luxion: piano.
Let the Music Speak
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: soprano saxophone; Sabina Lilly: vocals; Ryan Cohan: piano; Lorin Cohen: bass; Kobie Watkins: drums; Delfeayo Marsalis: trombone; Neal Alger: guitar.
Flapper Girl Productions
Personnel: Geof Bradfield: Tenor sax; Erin McDougald: voice; Dan Cray: piano; Clark Sommers: bass; Greg Wyser-Pratt: drums.
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Geof Bradfield has extensive experience as an educator. Since completing his MFA at California Institute of the Arts, he has held positions at several colleges and universities as well as teaching master classes in topics ranging from improvisation to the history of American music in the twentieth century to jazz composition and saxophone technique. He has toured Africa, the Middle East and Russia through Jazz at Lincoln Center's "The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad" program as a performer and clinician. In 2012, Mr. Bradfield joined the faculty of Northern Illinois University as Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Jazz Studies.
Clinics topics include saxophone technique and sound production, practice strategies for the jazz musician, improvisation, composition and arranging, ensemble coaching, and lecture/demonstrations on various aspects of jazz history. Clinics can be geared to most levels and class sizes and are designed to be interactive, participatory experiences for everyone involved.