Saxophonist Jeff Coffin of the Dave Matthews Band To Offer Free Jazz Masterclass/Performance at Cascio Interstate Music, April 9th to Benefit the Milwaukee Jazz Vision


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New Berlin, WI—Cascio Interstate Music, 13819 W. National Avenue in New Berlin, presents saxophonist Jeff Coffin, three-time Grammy-winner and member of the Dave Matthews Band plus Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Jeff will appear on Cascio's Soundstage inside the Cascio SuperStore, from 11 amת pm on Saturday, April 9, 2011. His jazz band, Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet will perform along with the Muskego High School Jazz Ensemble.

Coffin, a strong supporter of music education, will conduct a FREE Masterclass live on-stage with his band, along with the Muskego High School Jazz Ensemble, stressing and reinforcing the basics and fundamentals as being the essential building blocks or “roots" of music. “Without roots, the tree doesn't grow. I feel that the things I cover are essential to the continued growth of ALL musicians at ALL levels," states Jeff. Coffin will also appear with his jazz band Mu'tet, which includes noted studio/live musicians Felix Pastorius on electric bass (son of bass great Jaco Pastorius), Jeff “Apt. Q-258" Sipe on drums, Mike Seal on guitar, and Bill Fanning on trumpet.

Cascio Interstate Music will donate a portion of the day's sales proceeds to Milwaukee Jazz Vision, an organization dedicated to advancing the development and growth of the Jazz Community in Milwaukee. Read more at http://milwaukeejazzvision.org/. This FREE Masterclass Clinic and Performance is open to the public, featuring prize giveaways, food and beverages, plus photo and autograph opportunities. Doors open at 10:00 am. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive early, as seating and parking are limited. The day wraps up at 4:00 pm.

Call (262) 789-7600.

Jeff Coffin is a world-traveled, internationally recognized saxophonist, composer and educator. He is a 3-time Grammy Award-winning member of Béla Fleck & the Flecktones and has been playing with them since 1997. In July 2008, Jeff began touring with Dave Matthews Band, and officially joined the group in 2009 following the death of founding member LeRoi Moore. Coffin, who lives in Nashville, TN, has traveled the world performing with musicians of all walks since graduating with a music education degree from the University of North Texas in 1990.

Education has always been part of the core that makes up what Jeff shares with others. Some of the artists Coffin has shared the stage and the recording studio include a “who's who" of contemporary musicians such as Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Dave Matthews Band, Branford Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, McCoy Tyner, Willie Nelson, Chester Thompson, Garth Brooks, Phish, Van Morrison, Brooks and Dunn, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Wailers and many, many others. Along the way, Coffin has absorbed an astounding range of influences. “Whether it be New Orleans Second Line, African, Indian Ragas, folk songs, Gypsy music, Alan Lomax field recordings, jazz, or funk," he says, “the spirit and breath of the music is what I take away from the listening and playing. It's what decides for me if I like it or not." Jeff is an in-demand Yamaha and Vandoren Performing Artist and, since 2005, has presented well over 150 clinics from Farmington, Maine to Perth, Australia to students of all ages with raving reviews. As well, some of his compositions are available as big band arrangements through the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Press and one of his tunes was nominated for a Grammy Award (Zona Mona/Best Pop Instrumental Composition—Bela Fleck & the Flecktones).

Cascio Interstate Music is among the nation's top independent musical instrument retailers, as the 12th largest musical instrument dealer in the United States. Cascio has been operating for over 60 years, headquartered in the suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin marketplace, which houses its retail Superstore, Call Center, Web Center and corporate offices. Its Distribution Center in Waukesha, WI handles over 40,000 items. Cascio Interstate offers a wide selection of musical instruments, fine pianos, accessories, sheet music, private music lessons, free in-store educational clinics, rentals, repairs, and more. More information on the Company is available at www.interstatemusic.com.

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