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Jeff Baumeister

“Jeff Baumeister is an artist deserving wider recognition, he is the newcomer alongside more established forward-thinking folks like Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Bill Frisell, Tomasz Stanko and others - he's got his own thing happening that bodes well for the future.”- John Kelman, All About Jazz.com

Jeff earned degrees in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University (B.M.) and the University of the Arts (M.M.). Aside from college he studied privately with Sam Bellardo, 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 has been actively involved on the Philadelphia jazz scene since the early 1980s. As a regular contributor to DownBeat magazine many of his transcription and analysis essays are frequently published. Among these included analysis of solos by Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, Tomasz Stanko with Dave Holland, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, and John Zorn. Jeff teaches Jazz Studies at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pa.


Eubie Blake Scholarship - William Paterson University, 1992 - 1995
Bernard Peiffer Jazz Piano Award for Excellence, Creativity, and Dedication to Jazz Piano - University of the Arts, 2003


Album Review

Jeff Baumeister: Pretty Melodies, for people who dig that sort of thing

Read "Pretty Melodies, for people who dig that sort of thing" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Jeff Baumeister can't be accused of being enigmatic with an album title or rushing into a recording. It took him eight years to create this frankly titled follow-up to his debut--Useful Music (Wahbo Records, 2005). Baumeister's first album received some favorable reviews, but the pianist wasn't looking to tread on the same ground with his sophomore date. In fact, he went in a completely different direction, making a one-hundred-and-eighty-degree turn with constructive methodology and working with ...

Album Review

Jeff Baumeister Quartet: Useful Music

Read "Useful Music" reviewed by John Kelman

With the number of jazz albums released every month, it's becoming more and more challenging to keep up. Add the proliferation of small independent and artist-run labels and the task becomes nearly insurmountable. And that's a shame, because it means that talented artists are getting lost in the sheer mass of information out there. Hopefully that's not a fate in store for Philadelphia-based pianist Jeff Baumeister, whose debut release signifies a new voice with a less-than-common set ...

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Music Industry

Slought Foundation Announces Jeff Baumeister as New Music Curator

Slought Foundation Announces Jeff Baumeister as New Music Curator

Source: All About Jazz

Slought Foundation 4017 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104-3513 Ph: 215.222.9050 Since 2002, Slought Foundation has presented a series of time-based performance practices featuring artists at the forefront of new music, language arts, film, and new media. According to pianist Jeff Baumeister, “First on the agenda is to highlight the rich diversity of improvised music and jazz found right here in our own backyard. With the goal ...



Jeff Baumeister Releases "Useful Music" on Wahbo Records

Jeff Baumeister Releases "Useful Music" on Wahbo Records

Source: All About Jazz


Best of 2005, Publisher's Picks Michael Ricci, All About Jazz

Best of 2005, Editor's Choice, New Discoveries John Kelman, All About Jazz

Top Ten Best Albums of 2005 Nick Lea, Jazz Views

John Kelman, All About Jazz - “Useful Music has all the potential to be a classic. Jeff Baumeister is an artist deserving wider recognition. He ...

Useful Music Wahbo Records

Editor’s Choice, Best of 2005 - New Discoveries
- John Kelman, All About Jazz.com

Top Ten Best Albums Of 2005
- Nick Lea, Jazz Views.uk

Publisher's Top Picks for 2005 - Honorable Mention
- Michael Ricci, publisher, All About Jazz.com




“A prediction for the coming year (or two) - you will soon know the name of local pianist, Jeff Baumeister”
- Ken Weiss, Philadelphia Correspondent, Cadence Magazine

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Intermediate to advanced


Assistant Professor, Bucks County Community College
Private Piano Instruction
BM in Jazz Studies / Performance, William Paterson University
MM in Jazz Studies / Performance, University of the Arts
Contact 215.968.8135. Private lessons may be arranged through Bucks County Community College Continuing Education.



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