Jeff Wolfe

Director of Jazz Studies
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Smith Music Hall 303
304-696-3613

Biography

Jeff Wolfe is the Director of Jazz Studies and teaches various courses across the jazz studies curriculum, as well as applied trumpet (jazz emphasis). He also conducts the MU Jazz Ensemble I and MU Jazz Combo I. Furthermore, Mr. Wolfe serves as the director and education coordinator for the Jazz-MU-Tazz summer jazz camp housed at Marshall University. Mr. Wolfe holds an M.M. in Jazz Studies from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied jazz improvisation, pedagogy, history, and composition with world-famous jazz educator and composer David Baker. As an Associate Instructor of Jazz Studies at Indiana University, Jeff conducted one of the IU jazz ensembles and taught jazz improvisation. Jeff also holds a B.A. in Music Education from Marshall University. He is a former trumpet student of John Rommel, Edmund Cord, Pat Harbison, and Dominic Spera. Jeff is an active performer, adjudicator, and clinician having appeared on NPR’s nationally syndicated program Mountain Stage and as a soloist with Grammy Award-winning jazz artist and vocalist Gregory Porter. He frequently performs with Columbia Records recording artist and former America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., and has performed in the orchestras of numerous national touring and regional musical theatre productions. Jeff is the co-founder and music director of the Jewel City Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece big band established as a non-profit organization dedicated to jazz education and performance in underserved communities. He has served as an adjudicator for the jazz division of the National Trumpet Competition, and appeared as a clinician for the Jazz Education Network and Nashville Songwriters Association International. Mr. Wolfe is a charter member of the Jazz Education Network where he serves on the education committee as the music technololgy chair.