Born in Houston, TX, saxophonist and composer Geof Bradfield has resided in Chicago since 2004. He has shared the stage throughout the U.S., Europe, Russia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East both as a sideman and leader with jazz luminaries such as Randy Weston, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, Joe Locke, Bob Sheppard, George Colligan, and Orrin Evans. He also performs regularly with many internationally recognized Chicago artists, including Marquis Hill, Dana Hall, Jeff Parker, Matt Ulery, and Ryan Cohan. His work is featured on 50+ CDs, including six critically acclaimed albums as a leader. His Chamber Music America commission Melba! received national attention as a feature on NPR’s The Jazz Set. African Flowers was selected as one of the Los Angeles Times Top 10 Jazz CDs of 2010. Bradfield’s 2015 CD Our Roots, which offers contemporary interpretations of the American roots music of Blind Willie Johnson, the Georgia Sea Island Singers, and Lead Belly, has received numerous critical accolades including 4 stars from Downbeat. Bradfield has also been recognized in Downbeat Critics Polls as a Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist and Arranger.
A committed educator, Bradfield is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University. He is currently working on new music for his nonet commissioned by Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works Grant through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.