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Jeff Baumeister

Jeff Baumeister is a jazz pianist from Philadelphia.

His debut CD as a leader Useful Music rapidly garnered universal critical acclaim, acknowledged by The Philadelphia Inquirer as, "a refined study of high-end improvisation, full of quiet but fiery interplay, cerebral and engaging," by All About Jazz as, "a completely modern take on an established aesthetic, Useful Music has all the potential to be a classic," and by David Demsey, from William Paterson University as, "improvised music with the lyricism of the best-composed music of the last century."

John Kelman, Senior Editor from All About Jazz continues, "Useful Music establishes a new player and writer-- who, if there's any justice, will attract the attention of those who know the reach of modern jazz extends well beyond the narrow confines of more traditional convention."

Jeff earned degrees in Jazz Piano Performance from William Paterson University (B.M.) and the University of the Arts (M.M.). Aside from college, he studied classical piano with Sam Bellardo, and jazz improvisation with Uri Caine, Tom Lawton, Al Stauffer, and Jim McNeely. He also studied composing and arranging with McNeely and Manny Albam at the BMI Jazz Composer's Workshop in NYC.

Jeff teaches music theory, history and jazz studies at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pa. As a regular contributor to DownBeat magazine, many of his jazz transcription and analysis essays have been published. These include solos by Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, John Zorn, Tomasz Stanko, Dave Hollands, Herbie Hancock, and Bill Evans.

Most recently, Jeff has compose a suite for ten musicians commissioned by Bucks County Community College commemorating the college's 50th anniversary. The piece is called "Portraits from the Pub" and will premiere in fall 2014.