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about jeff

Saxophonist Jeff Coffin is a internationally recognized musician, composer, educator, and author. He is a member of Dave Matthews Band, a 3x Grammy winner, and 14 year former member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (1997-2010). Jeff also fronts his own group, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, founded the Nashville Jazz Composers Collective, in 2012 started and continues to run Ear Up Records, formed the Veridian Trio with Felix Pastorius & Jordan Perlson in 2017, has played on countless studio recordings, has recorded multiple solo cd’s, produces, engineers, is a Yamaha & D’Addario Performing Artist, is an avid photographer, and he still finds time to teach saxophone and improvisation at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Along the way, Coffin has absorbed an astounding range of influences. “Whether it be New Orleans Second Line, African, Indian Ragas, Brazilian, folk songs, Gypsy music, Alan Lomax field recordings, jazz, funk, etc…” he says, “the spirit and breath of the music is what I take away from the listening and playing. It’s what decides for me if I like it or not…I consider it ‘Spirit Music’.” Coffin is also known to play two saxes at a time, a nod to the late great saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

As a heavily in-demand Yamaha D’Addario Performing Artist, Coffin has presented over 300 solo and Mu’tet music clinics from Farmington, Maine to Perth, Australia to Johannesburg, South Africa to students of all ages to rave reviews.

“Jaws drop, eyes pop open and crowds roar…Coffin has solidified himself as respected songwriter, eclectic musician and contemporary pioneer of the saxophone.” – Glide Magazine

photo credits:
B&W banners / Rene Huemer
Color banner / Greg Kessler
B&W side / Rene Huemer
Double Sax / Roxanne Haynes