Jeff Coffin Masterclass
The Big 5 Fundamentals
Monday 9th November - Doors 6.30pm - 7.00pm Start @ Sax.co.uk Sussex - £FREE!
Jeff continues to stress and reinforce that the fundamentals are the essential building blocks or roots of music.
Without roots the tree doesnt grow. The topics I cover are essential to the continued growth of ALL musicians at ALL levels. These fundamentals are the tools for your narrative. (JC)
A performance by Jeff starts things off and what follows is a thoughtful, open, candid back and forth discussion with the students about what they heard eventually re-connecting everything back to The Big 5 Fundamentals that Coffin considers to be the most essential for students. Student participation is kindly required.
THE BIG 5 FUNDAMENTALS
2. TONE & DYNAMICS
3. RHYTHM & TIME
By addressing and discussing these elements in a way that is interesting, honest, and thought provoking as well as having Jeff musically demonstrate answers to many of the questions students ask helps make this a unique and inspiring approach to teaching. This is education that will last far beyond the time your students spend with Jeff in the classroom or concert hall.
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Some of the artists Coffin has shared the stage and the recording studio include a whos who of musicians such as Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Dave Matthews Band, Branford Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, DJ Logic, New Orleans Social Club, Maceo Parker, McCoy Tyner, Baaba Maal, Phish, Mike Clarks Prescription Trio, Galactic, Kirk Whalum, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, Chris Thile, Willie Nelson, Chester Thompson, Garth Brooks, Van Morrison, J.D. Souther, Vinnie Colaiuta, The Dixie Chicks, Rakalam Bob Moses, Stanton Moore, Brooks and Dunn, Tuvan Throat Singers the Alash Ensemble & Konger Ol Ondar, George Porter Jr., Umphreys McGee, Del McCoury, John Scofield, Yonder Mountain String Band, Marc Broussard, Martina McBride, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Wailers and many, many others.
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. Its 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 & DAddario Performing Artist, Coffin has presented over 300 solo and Mutet music clinics from Farmington, Maine to Perth, Australia to Johannesburg, South Africa to students of all ages to raving reviews.
Living in Nashville, TN since 1991, Coffin graduated with a music education degree from the prestigious University of North Texas in 1990 where he played in the acclaimed One OClock Lab Band. He also studied with sax great Joe Lovano on a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
A number of Jeffs compositions have been published as big band arrangements through the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Jazz Press double sax - roxanne haynes and he has presented them in concerts with many ensembles. Education continues to be an important part of what Jeff shares with others, and he is a tireless champion to players of all ages and levels to discover and cultivate their own musical voice.
At the 2000 Grammy Awards, in addition to Bela Fleck & the Flecktones winning a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Recording for the cd Outbound, Coffin & Flecks tune, Zona Mona -also from Outbound was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Composition.
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