Brad Goode / Ernie Watts Quintet

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$25 Adult / $15 Student (additional fees apply online)

Brad Goode, trumpet
Ernie Watts, saxophone
Adrean Farrugia, piano
Chris Berg, bass
Adam Nussbaum, drums

Brad Goode, acclaimed as "the lyrical genius of the trumpet" by the Chicago Tribune, is a versatile musician celebrated for his creative improvisation.

As a trumpeter, bassist, drummer, and bandleader, Goode has recorded 18 albums for various labels, showcasing his diverse talents. A graduate of classical trumpet from the University of Kentucky and holding a master's degree in bass from DePaul University, Goode has been mentored by influential artists like Vincent DiMartino, Byron Baxter, Clark Terry, Chris Gekker, and William Adam. 

As a Cultural Ambassador for Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago, Goode led jazz groups on tours of Asia and the Middle East, earning him recognition as one of the most influential Chicagoans of the 1980s. Currently, an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado, Goode's impact extends to his roles on the faculties of esteemed institutions and as the Musical Director for the Conference on World Affairs. An XO Brass artist, Brad Goode continues to shape the world of jazz through his multifaceted contributions.

Ernie Watts, a two-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist with a career spanning over fifty years, has left an indelible mark on 500 recordings, collaborating with an impressive array of artists, including Cannonball Adderley, the Rolling Stones, and Frank Zappa.

His journey began at sixteen, and Watts' unique sound has graced TV shows, movie scores, and iconic albums, such as the Rolling Stones' "Still Life." His pivotal roles with Pat Metheny's group and his almost 30-year charter membership in Charlie Haden's Quartet West showcase his enduring impact on the jazz world.

Watts' diverse collaborations also encompass a Grammy-winning tribute with vocalist Kurt Elling, performances at prestigious venues like Jazz at the Kennedy Center, and engagements with the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra in Los Angeles. Summing up his musical philosophy, Watts sees music as a universal bond that has the potential to unite people in peace and harmony, describing it as "God singing through us, an energy to be used for good."

Created 01/08/2024
Last Updated 01/08/2024