spent much of his youth riding bikes and perfecting the curve ball!
He came to the piano through the guidance of his musical family,
and quickly found that "playing by ear" proved to be perfect
escape from an all too predictable small town reality.
As a jazz pianist, Jeff has worked with many American
jazz legends including: Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard, David
Fathead Newman, Marlena Shaw, Eddie Harris, Richie Cole,
Dakota Staton, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller, Benny
Golson, John Abercrombie, and Clark Terry. He is heard
regularly with many groups, including the Ken Walker
Sextet, and his organ trio "The Organization"
Jeff spent the decade of the 80's in New York, where he studied with
Richie Beirach, Kenny Barron, and Fred Hersch.
While in the big apple, he played the off broadway hit "Little Shop of Horrors",
and toured with "The Who's Tommy" in the early nineties.
As a recording artist Jeff released two CD's for American Gramophone Records.
"Unexpected Journeys", his maiden voyage,
was an all original composition project featuring a 16 piece string section.
His second release for the label was called "One World" which featured
New York drummer Graham Hawthorne, and saxophone virtuoso Ernie Watts.
"Everything I Love" was a jazz trio outing released in 1998 on Baby Jane Records
Jeff's '07 Capri Records release “Cique”
received high acclaim, including being selected as one of the
year's ten top jazz CD’s in the Boston Globe.
2012 saw his most intensely
personal solo piano excursion- "The Healing".
He has appeared on dozens of CD’s as a sideman,
including Brad Goode's "Nature Boy", "Polytonal Dance Party", and "Chicago Red"
Jeff is currently teaching at the University of Colorado at
Boulder, and for the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz