College of Arts and Communication
Upham Hall

Bradley Townsend

  • Office Location: Greenhill Center Of The Arts 2005
  • Phone: (262) 472-5627
  • Email:
  • Department(s): Music

Jazz Labs Director


BM Music Performance, University of Iowa; MM Improvisation, University of Michigan


Bradley Townsend holds a Masters of Music Degree in Improvisation from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Diana Gannett. Since graduating from Michigan in 2005, Brad has been teaching both jazz and classical double bass. In addition to his private bass studio in the Madison area, he has also been teaching music at UW- Platteville since 2005. Brad is also an avid jazz and classical performer. In addition to playing with many notable touring artists, he has played with the Rountree Ensemble, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. His most recent honors include an invitation to perform at the Spark Festival of Electronic Music in the Twin Cities and a feature in Jazziz magazine of his University of Michigan jazz trio. He is currently performing as a member of a number of musical ensembles including Cashew, Executive Tea Set, and Arp of the Covenant, whose first CD was recently reviewed on All About Jazz.

Classes Taught

Studio Bass, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Labs