Trumpeter Brad Goode has been one of the busiest performers in the United States for 25 years, working as a soloist, bandleader, lead trumpet man, and sideman. Goode's jazz pedigree was established through his apprenticeship with many legends of the music. As a youngster, he toured and recorded with Von Freeman, Red Rodney, Al Cohn, Eddie Harris, Ira Sullivan, Frank Morgan, Don Lanphere, Curtis Fuller, Jack DeJohnette, Ernie Krivda, Richie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Barrett Deems, and many others.
Goode led his own combo in Chicago from 1986 to 1998, appearing at major festivals and night clubs around the world, including a 12-year stint as leader of the house band at the famous Green Mill Jazz Club. As a cultural ambassador for Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago, he led jazz groups on tours of Asia and the Middle East. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the most influential Chicagoans of the 1980s, crediting him as a “major catalyst in the revitalization of the Chicago jazz scene.”
In recent years, Goode has increasingly appeared as a lead trumpeter with many of the world’s top big bands and symphony orchestras. He also performs as a jazz bassist and drummer. He has served on the faculties of the American Conservatory of Music, New Trier High School in Illinois, Cuyahoga Community College, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of Colorado, where he is currently associate professor of jazz studies. He makes frequent appearances as a soloist and clinician at colleges and high schools throughout the country.