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Jeff Decker has been a mainstay of Virginia's music scene for over a decade. Besides appearing with his own group at local clubs, Mr. Decker records and performs regularly with the University of Virginia's highly acclaimed faculty jazz ensemble, the Free Bridge Quintet, and Robert Jospe's Inner Rhythm. He also makes guest appearances with the Charlottesville/University of Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Decker's recording output includes his work with the Free Bridge Quintet, Inner Rhythm, Aaron Binder, Greg Howard, and the Dixie Power Trios as well as his own Quartet release, "I'll Know." In the studio and on the stage, Decker has performed with such noted jazz artists as Pat Metheny, John D'earth, Michael Brecker, Anthony Wilson, Corey Harris, Hob O'Brien, and Charlie Haden.

Jeff Decker received a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas in 1987. He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in United States History from the University of Virginia in 1991. His thesis was a social history exploring the complex landscape of race relations within the jazz community from 1933-1948. Since the fall of 2000, Decker has further continued his academic pursuits by becoming the first student admitted to the University of Virginia Music Department's newly launched Ph. D. program.

Besides his academic ties to the University of Virginia as a student, Decker has also been employed by the music department as Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies since 1993. He has also taught at Piedmont Virginia Community College as well as maintained a private studio.

Decker's 2000 recording "I'll Know" finds him in the company of fellow UVA faculty members Robert Jospe (drums) and Pete Spaar (bass), as well as internationally acclaimed pianist Hod O'Brien. The group performs a wide range of music, drawing on Decker's own compositions, newly arranged standards, and their own versions of well-known songs by The Beatles and Stevie Wonder.

"Decker leads the band through scorching jazz textures, breaking new ground and capitalizing on the traditions of the art form for an album that blisters with energy not often seen in modern jazz. The band's groove is solid, exploring everything from the soulful to the explosive."

--from The Declaration

"Tenor saxophonist Jeff Decker's first recording as a leader shows the Charlottesville, Virginia-based musician to be an accomplished composer and improviser. . . Decker's quartet smokes through a wide-ranging set of originals, standards, and surprises."

---from allmusic.com

"Decker's sound and style are uniquely his own while still echoing the influence of the masters."

---from theorchard.com

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Contact Information:
Telephone: 434-295-3351
E-mail: guffyd@aol.com
Website: www.jeffdecker.org



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Download mp3 & RealAudio samples from I'll Know, the album by the Jeff Decker Quartet
Playing This Month
[mp3]:
<1> Don'cha Go Away Mad
<2> Let's Face the Music
<3> I'll Know
[RealAudio] :
<1> Dexter's Alley
<2> The Eight Ender
<3> Summer Soft

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Free Bridge Quintet
John D'Earth
Robert Jospe
University of Virginia
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Corey Harris
Bob Hallahan
The Dixie Power Trio
Sam Hill Bands


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