Grammy-Winning Saxophonist Jeff Coffin to Hold Master Class

Grammy-Winning Saxophonist Jeff Coffin

Event Details

Date: October 18, 2019

Times: 10-11 a.m.

Location: Lillehaug Instrument Room (Humanities Room 168) of the Fryxell Humanities Center, which is at 2120 S. Grange Ave.

Jeff Coffin, a Grammy award-winning saxophonist for the Dave Mathews Band, will join Augustana students in a Master Class at 10-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in the Lillehaug Instrument Room (Humanities Room 168) of the Fryxell Humanities Center (2120 S. Grange Ave.).

The event is free and open to the public.

About Jeff Coffin

Jeff Coffin is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator who has been traveling the globe since the late 20th century. He is a three-time Grammy-winner as a member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, with whom he played from 1997-2010. In July 2008, Jeff began touring with the Dave Matthews Band (DMB) and officially joined the group in 2009 following the tragic passing of founding member LeRoi Moore.

When not on the road with DMB, Coffin fronts his own group, Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet, and works around the country playing shows and presenting music clinics to students. As an in-demand Yamaha & D'Addariop performing artist, Coffin has presented at more than 300 solo and Mu'tet music clinics to students of all ages in locations across the globe, from Farmington, Maine, to Perth, Australia, to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Living in Nashville since 1991, Coffin graduated with a music education degree from the University of North Texas in 1990, where he played in the acclaimed One O'Clock Lab Band. He also studied with sax great Joe Lovano on a National Endowment for the Arts grant.A number of Coffin's compositions have been published as big band arrangements through the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Jazz Press, and he has presented them in concerts with many ensembles. Education continues to be an important part of what he 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, Coffin & Fleck’s tune "Zona Mona," from the Bela Fleck & the Flecktones album "Outbound," was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Composition. Also that year, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Recording for the album "Outbound."

Coffin is also an avid photographer who views photographic composition, musical composition and improvisation as going hand-in-hand. All of his recent album photography is his own work.