Sun, Mar 05|
Chris Madsen & Geof Bradfield - Tough Tenor
Chris Madsen - saxophone; Geof Bradfield - saxophone; Ryan Cohan - piano; Dennis Carroll - bass; George Fludas - drums
Time & Location
Mar 05, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM CST
Chicago, 465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
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Chris Madsen - saxophone
Geof Bradfield - saxophone
Ryan Cohan - piano
Dennis Carroll - bass
George Fludas - drums
The Chicago-based Geof Bradfield/Chris Madsen Quintet was formed in 2020 in order to perform music by the infamous "Tough Tenors" quintet of the 1960s. The group's twin tenor saxophone lineup pays tribute to Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin by playing songs and arrangements originally recorded by that band. Featuring the all-star lineup of Trio Nexus (George Fludas, Dennis Carroll, Reggie Thomas), this is one of Chicago's most exciting new projects.
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Jazz saxophonist Christopher Madsen is one of the most in-demand figures in the Chicago jazz world as a performer, composer, and pedagogue. He serves as full-time jazz faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, jazz faculty at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, IL, and was Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) from 2008-2014.
He is a sought-after jazz clinician, adjudicating at jazz festivals and offering workshops to ensembles of all ages and levels from across the globe. He is a Vandoren Performing Artist, and has also contributed jazz articles to The Instrumentalist magazine and been interviewed on several radio broadcasts about jazz history and his performing career.
As a leader and sideman, Madsen’s discography is extensive. He has released five albums as a leader since 2004 and can be heard as a player and composer on countless additional releases with artists such as Michael Dease, Marquis Hill, and Jeff Hamilton. He has performed at jazz festivals and live music venues domestically as well as in Japan, Spain, and Costa Rica.
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Geof Bradfield’s work as a composer and performer on saxophones and clarinets embraces intersections of modern jazz and other streams of African Diaspora music, drawing inspiration from Charlie Parker, Melba Liston, Lead Belly, Shona mbira music, and Gullah spirituals.
Born in Houston, TX, Bradfield has performed throughout North America, Europe, Russia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, sharing the stage with artists such as Randy Weston, Dana Hall, Clark Sommers, Brian Blade, Anna Webber, Orrin Evans, Jeff Parker, Matt Ulery, and Ryan Cohan.
His work is featured on 50+ CDs including eight albums as a leader that have garnered critical accolades from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and NPR. Nate Chinen describes his Yes, and…Music for Nine Improvisers (Delmark Records) as “an album of chamber-esque color and oft-surprising texture, because Bradfield is the sort of composer who creates room for departure.” He has received grants and awards from Chamber Music America, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, DCASE, Illinois Arts Council, and the Mellon Foundation. The Downbeat Critics Poll has named him a Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist and Arranger multiple years.
A committed educator, Bradfield is Professor of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University and has given master classes and lectures at the Brubeck Institute, the Manhattan School of Music, the Jazz Education Network conference, and numerous other national and international venues.
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