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Jeff Rupert

Jeff Rupert is a freelance tenor saxophonist, a Yamaha Artist and a record producer under the Flying Horse Records label.

His numerous recordings as a featured soloist include dates with Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Diane Schuur, Mel Torme, Benny Carter’s Grammy winning recording, Harlem Renaissance (Music Masters), and the New Jersey Blues band TheFins, to name just a few.

He has been featured on his own quartet recordings, Jeff Rupert, Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini, Jeff Rupert & Kenny Drew Jr From Memphis to Mobile, in recordings with the Flying Horse Big Band, with blues group The Fins, and Jazz pianist, vocalist, and radio show host Judy Carmichael, among his many appearances.

His debut album,”Do That Again,” with The Jazz Professors, charted in the top ten of the JazzWeek charts in the Spring of 2013. He recorded “Jazz Town” with the Flying Horse Big Band in 2012, “From Memphis to Mobile” with Kenny Drew, Jr. in 2009, and “Save Your Love for Me” with Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini in 2004. He's also been featured on recordings with Benny Carter, Diane Schuur, and Mel Tormé.

Jeff’s busy tour schedule includes performances in Europe, Scandinavia, Japan, the Middle East, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. Jeff is a long time member of Sam Rivers’ band, with whom he performed at Lincoln Center for Ed Bradley’s Jazz from Lincoln Center broadcast on NPR.

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“Jeff Rupert has a classic tenor sound, the virtuosity to execute practically any musical idea, and the imagination to make those ideas worth hearing.” Ed Berger, The Institute of Jazz Studies.

“Rupert shines once more...” - Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

“Jeff Rupert, he is dynamite!” Mel Torme.

“Rupert is just the kind of soloist needed to spur a band on to heroic heights.” George Kanzler, music critic, The Star Ledger.

“From the moment I first heard Jeff Rupert with my band I considered him one of the great jazz players of today.” Maynard Ferguson.

Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Jeff Rupert is a full professor and the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida. Rupert Directs the Flying Horse Big Band, the Jazz Workshop, and teaches The Evolution of Jazz and jazz saxophone majors, and works privately with a small group of UCF students.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Rupert is a highly sought-after clinician and adjudicator who offers a number of clinics utilizing an integrated teaching method with students and professional educators across the country

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Discography

The Bat Swings!

The Bat Swings!

Flying Horse Records
2018

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Imagination

Imagination

Self Produced
2017

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Do That Again

Do That Again

Flying Horse Records
2013

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From Memphis to Mobile

From Memphis to Mobile

Random Act Records
2009

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