Geof Bradfield

Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Jazz Studies

Born in Houston, TX, saxophonist and composer Geof Bradfield has shared the stage throughout North America, Europe, Russia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East with jazz luminaries such as Randy Weston, Carl Allen, Brian Blade, Rodney Whitaker, Etienne Charles, Joe Locke, and Orrin Evans. He also performs and records regularly with fellow Chicago artists Dana Hall, Clark Sommers, Jeff Parker, Matt Ulery, Marquis Hill and Ryan Cohan, to name a few.

His work is featured on 50+ CDs, including seven albums as a leader that have garnered critical accolades from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and NPR. Bradfield has been recognized in Downbeat Critics Polls as a Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist and Arranger, and his 2017 release "Birdhoused" received 4 1/2 stars from the magazine.

His nonet recording "Yes, and...Music for Nine Improvisers" (Delmark Records 2018) was commissioned by Chamber Music Amerca's New Jazz Works program with the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


M.M., California Institute of the Arts


  • Applied Instruction in Jazz Saxophone
  • Jazz Theory
  • Jazz Literature
  • Jazz History
  • Jazz Combo


I strive to help my students hone their craft, develop their artistic voice, and contribute to their musical community here at NIU and in their professional life beyond school.

Through that process, my students help me to continually refine my own craft as a teacher, musician and mentor.

Geof Bradfield

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8 a.m. - noon
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