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Born in Hampton Virginia, Jeff grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia Jeff studied music at The Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts(now called University of the Arts) and received his Bachelor in Music and Music Education with a Jazz Minor. At The Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts he studied saxophone with William Zaccagni, flute with Adeline Tomasone, jazz theory with Larry McKenna and arranging/composition with Evan Solot.
In ‘Philly’ Jeff pursued a career as a free-lance saxophonist both in the classical and jazz worlds. Being a woodwind doubler he was active in the theatres, supper clubs, cabarets, jazz clubs and recording studios in the Tri-State Area(Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware), Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York.
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