Brad Hatfield

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Brad Hatfield
Background information
Born (1956-05-15) May 15, 1956 (age 65)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
GenresJazz • Film music • Pops
Occupation(s)Composer • Musician
Years active1974–present
Associated actsBoston Pops Orchestra
George Russell
Mike Metheny

Brad Hatfield (born May 15, 1956, in Columbus, Ohio) is a musician, arranger, and Emmy Award winning composer. He is a regular performer on piano and keyboards with the Boston Pops Orchestra.[1] He has also performed with the Utah Symphony and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His arrangements, orchestrations and compositions have been performed by the Boston Pops, Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.[2]

Hatfield's songs have appeared in the films Iron Man 2, Borat, Analyze This, The Break-Up, and Cop Land.[3][4] His music has also appeared in more than two dozen television series, including The Sopranos, ER, CSI, Saturday Night Live, Glee, and Entourage.[5] Hatfield was co-composer for the FX series Rescue Me from mid-season five through season seven.

He has performed on dozens of recordings, including albums by the Boston Pops Orchestra, George Russell Living Time Orchestra,[6] and Mike Metheny.[7][8] His solo piano playing is featured in the opening scene and end credits of Clint Eastwood's Mystic River.[9]

In 2004–2005 and 2007, Hatfield was pianist/arranger and music director for POPSearch, the Boston Pops's nationwide talent competition.[10]

Hatfield studied piano performance and composition at Berklee College of Music, and management at Cambridge College.

He teaches at Northeastern University and Berklee College of Music.[11] He is also a course author and instructor for Berklee Online. In 2012, Hatfield was awarded "Best Online Course" by the University Professional & Continuing Education Association for his Berklee Online course "Music Supervision."[12]

Hatfield and his wife, the musician and composer Gaye Tolan Hatfield, live in Westwood, MA. They have two children, Paul and Lee.


  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song Daytime Television (2006)[13]
  • BMI Film and Television Award (2007)
  • Primetime Emmy Award Nomination (2010)[14]

Selected discography[edit]

With the Boston Pops Orchestra[edit]

  • 1998 – The Celtic Album (BMG Music)
  • 1999 – A Splash of Pops (BMG Music)
  • 2000 – Encore (BMG Music)
  • 2003 – "Mystic River" Soundtrack (Warner Bros. Records)
  • 2004 – Sleigh Ride (Boston Pops Recordings)
  • 2005 – America (Boston Pops Recordings)
  • 2009 – Red Sox Album (Boston Pops Recordings)

With George Russell Living Time Orchestra[edit]

With Rebecca Parris[edit]

  • 2002 – Secret of Christmas (Shira)
  • 2006 – You Don't Know Me (Saying it with Jazz)

With Mike Metheny[edit]

  • 1996 – Street of Dreams (Altenburgh)
  • 1988 – Kaleidoscope (MCA/Impulse)

With Susan Werner[edit]

With Mordy Ferber[edit]

With Meg Hutchinson[edit]


  1. ^ Karuhn, Carri. "Woodfield Beckons Teen Musical Whizzes," Chicago Tribune, August 8, 1996. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  2. ^ Gilber, Andrew. "A Classical Take on Bob Marley?" Boston Globe, March 29, 2009. Retrieved October 25, 2012
  3. ^ Bickelhaupt, Susan and Maureen Dezell. "Seeing Through a Slow Summer," Boston Globe, August 14, 1997.
  4. ^ Beggy, Carol. "Diluting De Niro," Boston Globe, March 6, 1999. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  5. ^ Bickelhaupt, Susan and Maureen Dezell. "Westwood Man's Big Break On The Small Screen," Boston Globe, January 5, 1998. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "Fuse Commentary Drill Down: George Russell’s Living Time," Arts Fuse, February 1, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  7. ^ Feather, Leonard. "Metheny Boys Took Similar Steps But in Reverse Order," Los Angeles Times, June 14, 1988. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  8. ^ Brad Hatfield credits – ARTISTdirect Music. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  9. ^ Dyer, Richard."Eastwood's Score Plumbs Depths," Boston Globe, October 8, 2003. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  10. ^ Nagazina, Julie. "Hamilton Woman Shines in Boston POPSearch 2007," Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle, June 19, 2007. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  11. ^ Perkins, Matt. "Father, Son Bring Music to YouTube," Westwood Patch, January 19, 2012. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
  12. ^ Weiss, David. " Debuts New Course 'Music Supervision' Beginning 1/10/11," SonicScoop, December 18, 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
  13. ^ 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards – National Television Academy Archived February 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved October 28, 2012
  14. ^ Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics 2010 – Primetime Emmy Awards Retrieved October 28, 2012