photo courtesy of Gary Gold
Jeff's most current work in live music includes Out of the Bluegrass (traditional sounding bluegrass with a modern twist,) and with Craig Thaler and friends (acoustic instrumental jazz.) He can be found in either band at various times in local clubs and at festivals throughout the Capital Region. Jeff has been a music instructor in the Hudson valley and the Capital District for over 30 years.
Since I was 9 years of age, I knew I wanted to make music my life's work. Now, almost 50 years later, I am glad to continue to live my dream. As a performer, I offer many options of musical styles and different sizes of ensembles (as well as solo) to add color and ambience to your wedding, party, or corporate event. As a teacher, I've logged over 30 years of music instruction in all styles, and on the many instruments that have been part of my life-long study and love of music. As a studio musician and producer, I have coached rock bands to hone their skills. I have helped songwriters see their creative visions through to finished products. And to further hone my own skills, I received a degree (magna cum laude) from the College of Saint Rose.
Jeff has studied at The Boston Conservatory, The New England Conservatory and the College of Saint Rose, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Studio Music, with a concentration in jazz guitar. He has also studied banjo with Bill Keith and Roger Sprung. He is an award winning multi-instrumentalist and plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, fiddle, piano, and drums. His career has given him a diverse background in classical, jazz, New Age, country, and bluegrass musical styles. He has performed with many bands, as well as in musicals and has an equally wide range of studio recording projects including performing on and producing albums and movie soundtracks.
Jeff won first place in the New Twists for Banjo contest judged by Tony Trischka, and was nominated instrumentalist of the year by the Northeast Country Music Association.