Delmark recording artist Brad Goode was born in Chicago in 1963 and classically trained on violin from age four. He switched to guitar and cornet at age 11. He took an early interest in the music of Louis Armstrong, learning many of his classic solos by age 13. He has studied trumpet with Cat Anderson, Byron Baxter, and Vincent DiMartino and has studied string bass with Larry Gray and Donald Garrett.
Goode earned his bachelor's degree in trumpet at the University of Kentucky and his master's degree in bass at DePaul University. He has been featured with the bands of Eddie Harris, Ira Sullivan, Von Freeman, Curtis Fuller, Jack DeJohnette, and Red Rodney. 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 High School, Cuyahoga Community College, the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is currently professor of jazz studies.
He makes frequent appearances as a soloist and clinician at colleges and high schools throughout the country. Goode has recorded on over 100 jazz CDs. He also performs as a jazz bassist and drummer.