Jeff Coffin

JEFF COFFIN is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer, educator and author who has been traveling the globe since the late 20th Century. He is a 3x Grammy Award winner from Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and played with them from 1997-2010. In July 2008, Jeff began touring with Dave Matthews Band, and officially joined the group in 2009 following the tragic passing of founding member LeRoi Moore. When not on the road with Dave Matthews, Coffin fronts his own group, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, teaches at Vanderbilt University, presents clinics around the world, and, in 2015, established the Nashville Jazz Composers Collective in Nashville, TN. In 2011 he started Ear Up Records as a place for emerging as well as established talent.

As a studio musician, Coffin has played on hundreds of recordings and is regarded as one of the top players in his profession. As a heavily in-demand D’addario and Yamaha Clinician, Coffin has presented well over 300 music clinics around the world to students in the US, South Africa, Australia, South America, Europe, Canada and Mexico to rave reviews.

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RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 3, 2016            
Ear Up Records (EUR0421)


Jeff COFFIN – saxes, flute
Bill ALTVATER – piano
Roger SPENCER – acoustic bass
Dale ARMSTRONG – drums, percussion

01) Footprints
02) Oleo
03) In A Sentimental Mood
04) There Will Never Be Another You
05) Blues: A Joe Jones/Tenor Madness/Sonnymoon For Two
06) Well, You Needn’t
07) Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
08) Giant Steps

FROM JC: This is likely to be my one and only standards recording. There were no rehearsals, nothing was even talked about before we took the stage at the Workshop. Just the four us willing to listen and react.

My philosophy on standards is that it’s all been done before and at a much higher level than I could ever reach and, therefore, my focus as a musician has always leaned toward original compositions. This recording was done to be more archival than anything else but it was so much FUN that I decided to ask Lauren to mix the multi-tracks for me. She did a great job and I decided I would release it. 

So, here you are…It’s loose, frivolous, messy, humorous, quirky, irreverent, indulgent, silly, introspective, ebullient, and we had a ball making music together! It’s all about spirit.

RELEASE DATE: JULY 31, 2017            
Ear Up Records (EUR0415)

the players:
Jeff Coffin – soprano, tenor sax, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, whistles
Keith Carlock – drums (Zarakov’s Dilemma, In Motion, Racer X)
Joshua Hunt – drums (Clementine, Hiding Behind, Next Time Yellow)
Tim Reynolds – guitar (Solo 2 on Zarakov’s Dilemma)
James DaSilva – guitar (Clementine, Hiding Behind, Next Time Yellow)
Lindsey Miller – guitar (Zarakov’s Dilemma, In Motion, Racer X)
Jennifer Hartswick – trumpet (Clementine, Hiding Behind, Next Time Yellow, Racer X)
Barry Green – trombone (Hiding Behind)
Matt Wigton – acoustic bass, arco bass
Chris Walters – wurlitzer electric piano

Heritage O.P. – (Clementine, Zarakov’s Dilemma, Hiding Behind, Racer X)
Ron McBee – percussion
Kevin Nathaniel – percussion
Hasan Bakr – percussion
Victor Y. See Yuen – percussion

RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 26, 2016            
Ear Up Records (EUR0410)

Sometimes Springtime is a beautiful, unusual, and occasionally, haunting musical soliloquy
by one of the leading saxophonists in music today.


wurlitzer electric piano
sopranino saxophone
soprano saxophone
tenor saxophone
Bb clarinet
bass clarinet
alto flute
bass flute
D whistle

additional musicians:
wurlitzer electric piano (tracks 7 & 9)

FRED BERMAN – drums (track 11)

“What a piece of joy, like a delicious fruit you’ve produced!!! Each song has a poem, a tale to be listened (to) many times. The colors of your winds remind me of Japanese temple sounds at the sakura blooming, Sometimes Springtime is flowering our hearts with this beautiful work. You’ve nailed it!! Thanks Jeff, for these peaceful moments!!”
Carlos Malta / Brazilian woodwinds master  (Hermeto Pasqual, Pife Muderno, Gilberto Gil)

“Checked out your project. Very different indeed! I really enjoyed it. I love the understated and lyrical approach to the tunes, which are all hauntingly beautiful. Bravo for coming up with a uniquely different collection of vignettes for saxophone.”
Bob Mintzer / Saxophonist (Yellowjackets, Jaco Pastorius, Art Blakey, James Taylor, Queen)

“What a great and simple way to say things through music. I would love to know what prompted you to write this music. It has to be either the most profound thing in the world or rather a way to express yourself in the simplest way. Either way, congratulations!” Pedrosaxo / Saxophonist (Pedrosaxo)

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