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The Jazz Professors

The Jazz Professors are a top-charting (JazzWeek) sextet composed of real professors from the rising star in music education, the program in Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

Professors who also play professionally throughout the year, the group has made several changes over the years since 2009, but currently the roster includes: Director of Jazz Studies, saxophonist Jeff Rupert, legendary drummer Marty Morell, best known for his work with the Bill Evans trio, bassist Richard Drexler of the Jeff Berlin Trio, pianist Per Danielsson, guitarist Bobby Koelble, and the more recent addition of trombonist Michael Wilkinson bring wide ranging experience from many wellsprings of the music together into an impressive whole.

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Advanced students only.


All of the Jazz Professors teach at the University of Central Florida. Jeff Rupert is the Director of Jazz Studies, teaches saxophone for a small number of private students from the program, directs the Flying Horse Big Band and teaches other courses at UCF. Richard Drexler teaches Jazz bass and works with the student combos, and teaches other courses.; Per Danielsson teaches Jazz piano, works with student combos, and teaches other courses; Marty Morell teaches Jazz and concert percussion; Bobby Koelble teaches Jazz guitar; Michael Wilkinson teaches trombone for Jazz and concert.

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