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Toronto-based saxophonist, composer and educator Kelly Jefferson has a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University in Montreal and a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

Kelly has performed with the The National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, Ray Anderson, Kenny Werner, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Al Jarreau, Michel LeGrand, Nicholas Payton, Brian Blade, as well as Ray Brown, Sonny Fortune, Randy Brecker, Renee Rosnes, Johnny Mathis, Russell Malone, Joey DeFrancesco, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, among others.

Kelly has toured extensively in Canada, the United States, Japan, Thailand, Europe, South Korea and China, including a nine-month tour in 2000 as the tenor saxophonist with legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson.

The Kelly Jefferson Quartet release Next Exit, was nominated for a 2011 Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. Kelly was also a five-time nominee for Saxophonist of the Year by the National Jazz Awards.

Kelly is presently on faculty at The University of Toronto and York University where he teaches saxophone, small ensembles, jazz theory, ear training and improvisation, with previous teaching positions at Humber College in Toronto and McGill University in Montreal.

Mr. Jefferson has adjudicated at music festivals across Canada and has given numerous workshops throughout Canada, the United States and China.

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Album Crazy Time by Shuffle Demons

Crazy Time

Stubby Records
2020

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Album Three Short Stories by Bartosz Hadala

Three Short Stories

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2020

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Album There From Here by TuneTown

There From Here

Slammin Media
2019

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Album Undertones by Al Muirhead

Undertones

Chronograph Records
2018

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Album Pairings by Fawn Fritzen

Pairings

Self Produced
2016

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Album Spark by Kelly Jefferson

Spark

Self Produced
2006

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Cat Walk

Cat Walk

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Crazy Time

True North X

True North X

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Three Short Stories

The Monks of Oka

The Monks of Oka

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There From Here

A Tune for Cal

A Tune for Cal

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Undertones

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