Reared in Houston, TX, and honing his chops in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington before settling in Chicago ten years ago, multi-reedist, composer, and educator, GEOF BRADFIELD is Associate Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University. He has worked alongside many jazz luminaries and performed throughout the United States and Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. His critically acclaimed CD, African Flowers, was 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. Writes Neil Tesser, Geof “has drawn plenty of praise for his work as a reed soloist. . . . But in the last few years, Bradfield has made just as much impact with his precise and colorful writing, in compositions that evoke a vivid sense of place through the same mixture of detail and sweep.” Geof’s recent project, Our Roots, took its name and inspiration from Chicago saxophonist Clifford Jordan’s 1965 Atlantic record, These Are My Roots: the Music of Lead Belly and will be released on Origin Records in October.
Connecticut born and Berklee educated, JEFF PARKER is a guitarist, composer, educator, and “sculptor of sonic textures.” A founding member of the critically acclaimed and innovative groups Isotope 217˚ and Chicago Underground, he is a longtime member of the band Tortoise, the Brian Blade Fellowship, and the Exploding Star Orchestra. He has performed all over North America, Europe, and Asia, been recognized seven times by DownBeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll, named “Jazz Soloist of the Year” by the Chicago Reader “Reader’s Choice,” and acknowledged as one of contemporary music’s most versatile and innovative electric guitarists. The fruits of this long musical journey can be found on Jeff Parker’s albums Like-Coping, The Relatives, and, most recently, Bright Light In Winter. Receiving a 4 star rating from DownBeat Magazine, Jeff’s 2012 CD, Bright Light In Winter, has been called "elegant and understated...an airy, intoxicating trip" by Time Out Chicago and "sublime...a cohesive entity that is much more than just the sum of its parts" by all•about•jazz.