Jeff Ellwood is the newly appointed Director of Instrumental Jazz Studies at Mt. San Antonio College. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music and Master of Music degree from Cal State Fullerton.
He has studied saxophone and improvisation with: James Moody, Rick Margitza, Billy Pierce, George Garzone, Hal Crook, Gary Foster, Eric Marienthal, Charlie Banacos, Jim Odgren, James Rotter, and Charles Richard. Jeff has shared the stage with: Tony Bennett, James Moody, Joe Zawinal, Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, Stevie Wonder, Bob Mintzer, Eddie Daniels, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Grusin, John Williams, and Quincy Jones to name a few.
In 2001 Jeff was awarded the “Best College Saxophonist Award” at the prestigious Reno Jazz Festival. In 2002 and 2003 he was accepted to attend The Henry Mancini Institute in on a full scholarship. Jeff has appeared multiple times with The HMI Big Band at Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 2005 he performed as a featured artist with The Alan Pasqua Jazz Collective at the International Association of Jazz Educator’s conference in Long Beach, CA.
Jeff can be heard performing with Alan Pasqua throughout the greater Los Angeles area. He can soon be heard on the upcoming Alan Pasqua CD featuring: Alan Pasqua, Jimmy Haslip, Nels Cline, Scott Amendola, Ambrose Akinmusire and Alex Acuna