Plays Thelonious Monk
"Few Chicago jazz musicians operate with the erudition and rigor of saxophonist Geof Bradfield, a scholar of the music’s history, a thoughtful composer, and an artist who never reverts to autopilot.”
-- Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
Geoff Bradfield - saxophones
Scott Hesse - guitar
Dennis Carroll - bass
Neil Hemphill - drums
For their debut at Winter’s Jazz Club, Geof Bradfield and his quartet will delve into the music of iconoclastic pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, a true American original.
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 including Dana Hall, Clark Sommers, Jeff Parker, Matt Ulery, Marquis Hill, and Ryan Cohan.
His work is featured on 50+ CDs, including six albums as a leader that have garnered critical accolades from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Downbeat, the Chicago Tribune and NPR.
Bradfield has been recognized in Downbeat Critics Polls as a Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist and Arranger. His latest CD Birdhoused, which garnered a 4 ½ star review from Downbeat, was recorded live in Chicago and released on Cellar Live in 2017.
A committed educator, Bradfield is Associate 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.