Born: March 14, 1963
“Jeff Baumeister is an artist deserving wider recognition, he is the newcomer alongside more established forward-thinking folks like Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Bill Frisell, Tomasz Stanko and others - he's got his own thing happening that bodes well for the future.”- John Kelman, All About Jazz.com
Jeff earned degrees in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University (B.M.) and the University of the Arts (M.M.). Aside from college he studied privately with Sam Bellardo, Uri Caine, Tom Lawton, Al Stauffer and Jim McNeely. He also studied composing and arranging with McNeely and Manny Albam at the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop in NYC...
AwardsEubie Blake Scholarship - William Paterson University, 1992 - 1995
Bernard Peiffer Jazz Piano Award for Excellence, Creativity, and Dedication to Jazz Piano - University of the Arts, 2003
Useful Music Wahbo Records
Best of 2005 - New Discoveries
- John Kelman, All About Jazz.com
Top Ten Best Albums Of 2005
- Nick Lea, Jazz Views.uk
Publisher's Top Picks for 2005 - Honorable Mention
- Michael Ricci, publisher, All About Jazz.com
“A prediction for the coming year
two) - you will soon know the name of local pianist, Jeff
- Ken Weiss, Philadelphia Correspondent, Cadence Magazine
Congratulations to you and your saxophonist!
Your music is world-class.
- Mark C. Gridley (author of Jazz Styles: History And Analysis, Prentice Hall)
Baumeister is completely original, with a fresh take on
free/avant garde jazz that is
challenging yet eminently listenable.
An example of the terrific music coming out of Philadelphia's thriving jazz scene.
- Tony Rogers, Jazz CD Reviews.com
“Completely captivating and with a certain aesthetic
connection to classic ECM piano
recordings, Useful Music has all the potential to be a
classic in its own right.
Baumeister’s writing, while evoking its deceptively gentle
veneer, is more structurally rich
than its antecedents, making it a completely modern take on
an established aesthetic.
- John Kelman, All About Jazz.com
The organic lucidity that animates each of Baumeister's
composition is the real treasure of
Useful Music and a compelling reason to return to this
album again and
- Dimitry Ekshtut, Jazz Improv Magazine
“Useful Music is moody, detailed, and unique. The
quartet weaves in and out of
changes with subtlety and grace on this spectacular set of
- Andrew Ciccone, Sound of Market Street
“This is my favorite sort of jazz approach,
really smart and burning.”
- John Anthony, audio engineer, Maja Audio Group
“While not recommended for short attention spans, the
session is a refined study of high -
end improvisation - full of quiet but fiery interplay, cerebral and
engaging. Pianist Jeff
Baumeister's new CD could just as easily be found amid the
hushed discs of the Munich-
based ECM label.”
- Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Improvised music that has the lyricism of the best composed
music of the last century -
wonderfully mysterious - a beautiful, clear recorded sound,
- David Demsey, saxophonist, Coordinator of Jazz Studies, William Paterson University
Useful Music is an album that combines the cerebral
to the hot playing in
modern and high aesthetics.
- Vangelis Aragiannis, Jazz & Tzaz , Greece
“Exploratory yet rooted, oblique yet lyrical, dark but playful, all
rendered with synergetic
-Tom Lawton, pianist and composer, Dreambox Media
“I really enjoyed this cd! Great songs and great playing,
Check it out!
-Uri Caine, pianist and composer, Winter and Winter
There's a quiet intelligence to Jeff Baumeister's playing that
often brings Paul Bley to
mind. In many ways this is the sort of piano session ECM
releases by the
bucketful only with warmer, more upfront production. If you're
as fond of smart, probing
piano music as I am, this is a fine example.
- Jerome Wilson, Cadence Magazine
Baumeister, Dan Capecchi, Greg Riley and Peter Paulsen
executed every piece with
boldness. The abstractly painted soundscapes are a
like blending heritage with a
touch of groovy lyricism. They defy all, culminating in six
masterpieces. As soon as your
ears will get to this album you will be impressed by
Baumeister’s craft. Highly
- Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez, Jazz Review.com
Pretty Melodies, for people who dig that sort of thingSelf Produced
Useful MusicWahbo Records
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Huntingdon Valley, PA
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Assistant Professor, Bucks County Community College
Private Piano Instruction
BM in Jazz Studies / Performance, William Paterson University
MM in Jazz Studies / Performance, University of the Arts
Contact 215.968.8135. Private lessons may be arranged through Bucks County Community College Continuing Education.