Jeff has been playing and studying music and the guitar since he was 10. His older cousins turned him on to all the greats like Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Led Zepplin, The Stones, Larry Cartlon, Robben Ford and other jazz and rock artists. At age 15, Jeff started playing professionally as guitarist and vocalist for the group Reminisce. That was his "job" all through high school playing in clubs with guys twice his age, and loving every minute of it! Jeff later attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and a recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. After leaving Boston, Jeff continued to study with jazz greats Eddie Berg and Harry Leahey as well as progressive guitar master Jeff Becker.
Jeff has previously been a member of local bands Tapestry, Premonition, and Bob Annette's KrackerJax band. Jeff also serves as Liturgy of The Word for Children music minister for Blessed Kateri RC church (Sparta). Jeff was a founding member of the "Captains of Leisure" - an 8 piece group with a horn section and very challenging repertoire. Currently Jeff is a member of The Michael Kane Band, Oasis Music Group and is busy gigging almost every weekend of the year. He is also a first call guitar and vocalist for Craig Scott Entertainment (Working with 3 of their top bands).
Jeff likes to craft his lessons with each student’s specific goals and interests in mind. His focus includes music theory, command of the entire fret board, and advanced improvisational techniques in rock, blues and jazz. He likes his students to feel relaxed and ask questions so that no topic remains a mystery. Jeff encourages his students to strive to work outside the lesson room to share their skills and accomplishments with friends and family; more importantly to share their love of music with others. Jeff has been teaching at The Music Den for over 10 years. Currently, Jeff is available for private lessons Monday afternoons and Saturdays.