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Jazz: Piano Jazz Moods: Featuring Bass Moods: Type: Instrumental Jazz: Mainstream Jazz Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz

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United States - Connecticut

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Whether performing on stage and in clubs, teaching jazz and coaching ensembles, or composing and arranging in his home studio, Jeff Fuller brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all his musical endeavors.

Jazz Bass
An integral part of the Connecticut, New York and international jazz scenes, Fuller toured worldwide and recorded with saxophonists Lou Donaldson and Paquito D’Rivera. He has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras including such diverse artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry. Fuller is one of the most sought after jazz bassists in Connecticut, and currently leads his own ensembles in many venues. In September, 2014, he was awarded the annual Jazz Haven Award, “For all you have done in presenting and preserving the culture and music of jazz.” Fuller plays a custom-made Upton Concord double bass, and a Ken Smith 6-string bass guitar.

Latin Jazz
Fuller has wide experience in both Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music. He is co-leader of the popular group, Sambeleza, which features singer Isabella Mendes and guitarist Joe Carter. He has toured with Paquito D’Rivera’s New York/Havana Quintet, the Hilton Ruiz Quintet, Daniel Ponce's Jazzbatá and Orlando “Puntilla” Rios’ Nueva Generación. He composes and arranges for the top salsa group, Irazú, whose CDs have featured soloists Arturo Sandoval and Tata Güines. Fuller's Latin big band and combo arrangements are frequently performed worldwide and published by 3-2 Music, the predominant distributor of written Latin jazz. His earlier Brazilian jazz group, Samba Brasil, was seven-time winner of the "Best Latin" category in the Hartford Advocate Reader’s Poll.

Always expanding his compositional repertoire and vocabulary, Fuller has received commissions from both the New Haven and the Hartford Symphony Orchestras and has twice received project grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. He has been the recipient of commissions from 3-2 Music, Florida International University and Meet The Composer. His String Quartet was recorded by the Haven String Quartet in 2012. His first CD of all original jazz music, The Call From Within, was released in 2014, followed by Shoreline Blues in 2016. Fuller graduated cum laude from Yale College and received his master’s degree in composition from the Yale School of Music. He was appointed Ensemble Coach for the first Yale School of Music Jazz Initiative in 2016. From 1995 to 2016, Fuller taught composition, jazz theory, and arranged and conducted the jazz ensembles at ACES-Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven’s arts magnet high school. He teaches private lessons and leads the Premier Jazz Ensemble of the Neighborhood Music School.