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Geof Bradfield’s Melba!

Geof Bradfield’s Melba!

  • Festival Performance Date: Friday, August 30, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time: 6:30 – 7:20pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address: Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument: Saxophone

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

Geof Bradfield was born in Houston, TX, where he attended the renowned High School for the Performing and Visual 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. In the fall of 2012, Mr. Bradfield's septet toured Melba! in the Midwest and South, returning to Chicago to close the tour at the legendary Green Mill jazz club. The group recorded the suite for release on Origin Records in 2013.

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.

As a leader or co-leader:

  • Melba! (Origin 2013)
  • Ba(SH) Live (Piece of Coal 2011)
  • African Flowers (Origin 2010)
  • Urban Nomad (Origin, 2008)
  • Rule of Three (Liberated Zone, 2003)
  • Collage (2007)

As a sideman:

  • Tito Carrillo, Opening Statement (Origin 2012)
  • John Moulder, Live at the Green Mill (OA2 2012)
  • Marlene Rosenberg, Bassprint (Origin 2012)
  • Ramsey Lewis, Proclamation of Hope live at the Kennedy Center (DVD-2010)
  • Ryan Cohan, Another Look (Motema 2010)
  • Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls, Seize the Time (Naim 2009)
  • Kobie Watkins, Involved(Origin 2009)
  • Chad McCullough, Dark Wood Dark Water (Origin 2009)
  • Tony DoRosario's New Chicago Quartet, New Beginnings (Chicago Sessions 2009)
  • Aaron Koppel Quartet, Falling Together, Falling Apart (Chicago Sessions 2009)
  • Ryan Cohan, One Sky (Motema, 2007)
  • Ryan Cohan, Here and Now (Sirocco 2001)
  • Kelly Brand, The Door (Origin 2008)
  • John Moulder, Trinity (OA2, 2006)
  • Michael Allemana Quartet, Inner Rhythm (2006)
  • Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls, Breeding Resistance (Delmark 2004)
  • Rebel Souls, Vs. the forces of evil (Naim 2001)

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