This work deals with the estimation of near-field parameters using passive sensor arrays. A transformation of the array data is proposed which allows the extraction of near-field time-frequency signatures from data containing a mixture of far- and near-field sources. Spatial time-frequency distribution matrices are then used as a means for solving the near-field parameter estimation problem. The estimation accuracy of the proposed approach is compared to existing methods via simulation analysis. An experimental validation of theoretical ideas is also presented.