Safari Trio

Safari Trio is John Gunther - woodwinds, Brad Shepik - guitar, and John Hadfield - drums & percussion

Look for our second CD in 2014!


BRAD SHEPIK is successfully mining the deep undercurrent of avant jazz with organist Gary Versace and percussionist Tom Rainey, the current line up of his Trio. Their new release “Places You Go” (Songlines) has received critical praises from among others, Downbeat (4 stars) and Timeout Chicago which called the record, “… the jazz equivalent of a road album, his best work yet.” In addition to his Trio, Brad is a current member of Joey Baron’s Killer Joey, Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio, Simon Shaheen’s Quantara, Bob Brookmeyer Quartet, and Alexis Cuadrado Quintet. Other musical associations include performances with Dave Douglas’ Tiny Bell Trio, Paul Motian’s Electric Be Bop Band (1991-96), Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra (1997), Carla Bley’s Escalator Over the Hill (1997-98), Yuri Yunakov (1995-96), Tim Berne (1993), Andy Laster (1994), Franz Kogelman (1998), Owen Howard (1995-96), Nils Wogram (1995-6), and Ken Schaphorst (1998).

Percussionist John Hadfield enjoys a widely ranging career in the fields of jazz, world and classical music. On the faculty of New York University, he has performed throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Notable collaborations include Kenny Werner, Jon Faddis, Bobby Watson, Mike Richmond, Brad Shepik, Gil Goldstein, and Lenny Pickett. In addition, Mr. Hadfield's diversity as a percussionist has led him to perform with a broad variety of ensembles including Music from China, Perspectives Ensemble, the Ethos Percussion Group (as an Associate Member), Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Quintet of the Americas, BMI Jazz Orchestra, Pulse, Combo Nuvo, the New York gamelan group Dharma Swara, Las Vegas Symphony, the Israeli folk group Anistar, the Finnish group Kaiku, and the Marimba Yajalon, a marimba group led by Larry Kaptain performing works from the southernmost state of Mexico, Chiapas.
He has also premiered works by Chen Yi, James Mobberly, Trey Files, Paul Hogan, Hu Xiao-ou, Xie Peng, Jeffery Jacobs, Michael Schelle and Seongah Shin. Following his studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory, where he received his M.M., he spent several months studying gamelan in Indonesia.  Currently, John Hadfield lives in NYC and plays on Broadway with the show Spamalot. This summer Hadfield is performing with the Michael Gordon Band in Europe. Visit John Hadfield's website, www.jhadfield.com