Brad Goode earned a BM degree in trumpet at the University of Kentucky and an MM degree in bass at DePaul University. His trumpet teachers were Vincent DiMartino, Byron Baxter, Clark Terry, Chris Gekker and William Adam. He studied bass with Larry Gray, Donald “Rafael” Garrett and Carroll Crouch.
During his apprenticeship, he toured and recorded with the bands of Von Freeman, Red Rodney, Al Cohn, Eddie Harris, Ira Sullivan, Frank Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Jack DeJohnette, Ernie Krivda, Rosemary Clooney, Barrett Deems, the Woody Herman Orchestra and many others.
Goode led his own combo in Chicago from 1985 until 1998, including a 12-year stint as leader of the house band at the Green Mill. As a cultural ambassador for Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago, he led jazz groups on tours of Asia and the Middle East. He was named one of the most influential Chicagoans of the 1980s by the Chicago Tribune, who credited him as a “major catalyst in the revitalization of the Chicago jazz scene.”
Since 1998, he has primarily performed as a freelance lead trumpeter. He currently tours with the bands of Canadian vocalist Matt Dusk and West African drummer Paa Kow. He has continued to perform jazz on occasion as a single and formed his current quartet in 2006. He makes frequent appearances as a soloist and clinician at colleges and high schools. His 16 recordings as a leader can be heard on the Delmark, Sunlight, SteepleChase and Origin labels.
Brad 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, the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts and the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is currently associate professor of jazz studies.