Jeff Miguel is a saxophonist that currently teaches and performs in the Denver metro area. He recently received his Master of Arts Degree in Music – Emphasis in Jazz Studies from the University of Iowa and won the 2016 Downbeat Graduate Student Music Award for Best Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist. All About Jazz describes him as an “expressive” saxophonist, “like a seasoned veteran poised to establish himself as musician of note.”
In May of 2015, Miguel released, as a leader, his “expertly arranged” (Pulse Magazine) and “auspicious debut” (Midwest Record),
Miguel teaches students of all ages and abilities, and specializes in woodwinds, jazz improvisation, and theory. Some of his past students have gone on to win prestigious soloist awards, achieve top seats in classical and jazz all-state festivals, and attend well respected universities for musical studies.
There's jazz in Iowa City and recent MA grad Miguel is
doing a solid job of finding and leading it.
A mainstream sax man that brings some new
chops and ideas to the forum
A well done auspicious debut
June 12, 2015
“Perseverance collects eight of Miguel’s own
compositions, which is a gutsy move in the context of
traditional jazz, a genre where musicians are still
finding something new in standards from the last
Miguel’s music is very much in the tradition of
composers like Bill Evans or Keith Jarrett.
Miguel focuses on melody and sophisticated chord
progressions to express himself.
His playing is relaxed and subtle, and his shifting
rhythmic accents keep the listener involved.
It(the Iowa jazz program) does turn out graduates that
can play the hell out of their instruments
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
I have a M.A. in Music emphasis in Jazz Studies from the
University of Iowa. I have been playing for over 15 years
and teaching for over 10 years.
I have worked with many different bands and combos doing
sectional and full band work.