Geof Bradfield - NIU - School of Music

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Associate Professor
M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts


Geof Bradfield was born in Houston, TX, where he attended the renowned High School for the Performing 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.

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.