SteepleChase recording artist Brad Goode was born in Chicago in 1963 and classically trained on violin from age 4. He switched to guitar and cornet at age 11. Goode took an early interest in the music of Louis Armstrong, learning many of his classic solos by age 13. At 14, he met and studied with Cat Anderson, the great Ellingtonian trumpeter, who inspired and encouraged the young player. By the time Goode graduated from high school, he was performing on trumpet and bass with many professional groups.
Goode received his BM degree from the University of Kentucky in 1985, studying under renowned trumpeter Vincent DiMartino. Upon moving back to Chicago, he began working with the bands of Von Freeman, Mike Finnerty and Eddie Johnson. He received his MM degree from DePaul University in 1987, where he studied double bass with Larry Gray.
In the ensuing years, Goode worked with the combos of Red Rodney, Al Cohn, Eddie Harris, Ira Sullivan, Frank Morgan, Don Lanphere, Curtis Fuller, Jack DeJohnette, Ernie Krivda, Barrett Deems and many others. He led his own combo from 1986 until 1998, appearing at major festivals and night clubs around the world, including a 12-year weekly stint at the famous Green Mill jazz club in Chicago.
Goode has served on the faculties of the American Conservatory of Music, New Trier H.S., Cuyahoga Community College and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where he is currently assistant professor of jazz studies. He makes frequent appearances as a soloist and clinician at colleges and high schools throughout the country. Goode has recorded for the Delmark, Sunlight and SteepleChase labels. He also works as a jazz bassist.