Chicago saxophonist Geof Bradfield has been fortunate to work alongside many jazz luminaries and to perform throughout the United States and Europe. Bradfield has toured Russia, Africa and the Middle East with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad. His critically acclaimed CDs African Flowers, named one of the top 10 CDs of 2010 by the Los Angeles Times, and Melba!, was selected as one of the best CDs of 2013 by DownBeat Magazine. As a composer, Bradfield has received commissions from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and grants and fellowships from DCASE, the Illinois Arts Council, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Bradfield is also a committed educator; he is currently Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University.
Bradfield’s new quintet project, Our Roots, takes its name and inspiration from Chicago saxophonist Clifford Jordan’s 1965 Atlantic record, These Are My Roots: the Music of Lead Belly. Bradfield is joined on Our Roots by four of the premier musicians on the contemporary Chicago scene: trumpeter Marquis Hill, trombonist Joel Adams, bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Dana Hall. Look for the quintet’s first record in October of 2015 on Origin Records.