Originally from Honolulu, HI., Jeffrey arrived in Los Angeles in 1978. In
1982, he toured the world with the Ray Charles Orchestra. He has enjoyed a
varied career backing such artists as Ron Townsen of the Fifth Dimension and
Carmen McRae. He is most proud of co-producing a CD called “Music To
Remember,” featuring music of the 1940’s by interned Japanese American
singers and musicians, and his Hindsight CD in 2005, with his quintet.
He has studied bass with Herb Mickman, David Young (LA Opera), Lou Kabok,
Dennis Trembly (LA Phil), and Peter Rofe (LA Phil). He also studied jazz
improvisation with Charlie Shoemake and has taken film scoring classes at
UCLA Extension, also serving as contractor.
Jeffrey completed his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies at USC in
2004, and currently teaches at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA.
At COC, he has taught Music Appreciation, Fundamentals of Music, Electric
Bass Studies I & II, Society and Rock and Roll, Development of Jazz, and Applied
Music (electric and acoustic bass). He also has been an accompanist and
arranger for the Lab Band. He is frequently sought out to do arrangements for
other groups or to transcribe complicated bass solos and materials.
Besides performing with his quintet, he also had worked with legendary jazz
pianist, Frank Strazzeri and renown drummer Chuck Flores’ Quartet, Octet &
Big Band, and the Pat Longo Hollywood Big Band, Asia-America Symphony, San
Fernando Symphony and Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra. He played with a
string orchestra on Taylor Swift’s CD Reds.