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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Jeff Coffin is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator and has been traveling the globe since the late 20th Century. He is a 3x Grammy Award winner from Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and played with them from 1997-2010. In July 2008, Jeff began touring with Dave Matthews Band, and officially joined the group in 2009 following the tragic passing of founding member LeRoi Moore. When not on the road with DMB, Coffin fronts his own group, Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet. Some of the artists Coffin has shared the stage and the recording studio include a “who’s who” of musicians such as Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Dave Matthews Band, Branford Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, DJ Logic, New Orleans Social Club, Maceo Parker, McCoy Tyner, Baaba Maal, Phish, Mike Clark's Prescription Trio, Galactic, Kirk Whalum, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, Chris Thile, Willie Nelson, Chester Thompson, Garth Brooks, Van Morrison, J.D. Souther, Vinnie Colaiuta, The Dixie Chicks, 'Rakalam' Bob Moses, Stanton Moore, Brooks and Dunn, Tuvan Throat Singers - the Alash Ensemble & Konger Ol Ondar, George Porter Jr., Umphrey's McGee, Del McCoury, John Scofield, Yonder Mountain String Band, Marc Broussard, Martina McBride, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Wailers and many, many others. Along the way, Coffin has absorbed an astounding range of influences. “Whether it be New Orleans Second Line, African, Indian Ragas, Brazilian, folk songs, Gypsy music, Alan Lomax field recordings, jazz, funk, etc...” he says, “the spirit and breath of the music is what I take away from the listening and playing. It's what decides for me if I like it or not...I consider it 'Spirit Music'.” Coffin is also known to play two saxes at a time, in a nod to the late great saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk....
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Awards

Grammy: Best Contemporary Jazz Album, Outbound (2001) Grammy: Best Contemporary Jazz Album, The Hidden Land (2007) Grammy: Best Pop Instrumental Album, Jingle All the Way (2009)
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    Into The Air

    Ear Up Records
    2012
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    Bloom

    Compass Records
    2005
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Featured recording “Into The Air”

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Into The Air

Ear Up Records (2012)

Primary InstrumentSaxophone

Clinic/Workshop InformationJeff is a renowned Yamaha Performing Artist and clinician, having presented more than 300 clinics worldwide. CLINIC OUTLINE: Jeff continues to stress and reinforce that the fundamentals are the essential building blocks or “roots” of music. “Without roots the tree doesn’t grow. The topics I cover are essential to the continued growth of ALL musicians at ALL levels.” These fundamentals are the ‘tools for your narrative.’ (JC) A solo performance by Jeff starts things off and what follows is a thoughtful, open, candid back and forth discussion with the students about what they heard…eventually re-connecting everything back to the fundamentals (The Big 5) that Coffin considers to be the most essential for students...

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INSTRUMENTS & GEAR: Tenor: Yamaha 82Z (prototype) unlaquered body w/G series gold plated neck Freddie Gregory Custom hard rubber mouthpiece (Mark IV) Vandoren ZZ #3 reeds Vandoren Optimum Ligature Alto: Yamaha 82Z Series unlaquered body w/G3X gold plated neck Vandoren V16 A95 hard rubber mouthpiece Vandoren Java TENOR #3.5 reeds…yes, tenor. Vandoren Optimum Ligature Soprano: Yamaha 82ZR Customized Theo Wanne hard rubber mouthpiece/former Selmer C* Alexander Superial reeds #3 (yellow box) Vandoren Optimum Ligature Baritone: Yamaha YBS 62 Jody Jazz DL 8 mouthpiece Rico Plasticover reeds #3 Rovner Ligature Saxello: King (vintage) Meyer Custom hard rubber mouthpiece Alexander Superial reeds #3 (yellow box) Bb Clarinet: Buffet R13 Vandoren Black Master #3 or 3.5 reeds Bass Clarinet: Selmer Low Eb Charles Bay M.O.M.* hard rubber mouthpiece Vandoren trad. #3 reeds Flute: Yamaha 681 Series Gold/Brass with a Yamaha K headjoint Alto Flute: Yamaha YFL-A421 Penny Whistle: Sasuto w/adjustable headjoint (D) EFFECTS: The gear I use with DMB is more in depth, but for my solo tours (and w/Bela Fleck & the Flecktones)…DPA clip on mics that go into a Blue Tube pre amp, then into a Shure wireless transmitter…from there, into a Q-Tron envelope filter (the ‘wah’ effect). From the Q-Tron into an Eventide Eclipse, (harmonizers, reverbs, delays, etc)… A mono or stereo send from the Eventide is where i output to the soundboard. I use a midibuddy pedal to step thru sounds. This is my ‘chain’ with occasional alterations. Here are some links and such that you may find useful… Q-Tron Envelope Filter (Electro-Harmonix) Lots of people ask about settings…here u are. Eventide Eclipse (harmonizer) Lexicon Reverb Line 6 – M9 effects pedal Midi Buddy footswitch Digitech Whammy Pedal MICS/WIRELESS: DPA mics – the best clip on’s I have ever used! Shure Wireless Receiver Shure SM32 condenser mic…great all purpose mics. CAMERA: Canon 40D w/various killer lenses. I especially like the 70-200mm (2.8 fixed) When i travel lightly, I bring only my Canon G10. It’s awesome! : )
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