Last night I had the opportunity to fill the guitar chair in Ohio University’s Jazz Ensemble I and play behind saxophonist Jeff Coffin. Jeff is probably best known for his work with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. During the afternoon, we had a rhythm section sectional with Jeff and then a full dress rehearsal. Jeff quickly put everyone at ease with his relaxed, funny, and down-to-earth vibe and was particularly skillful at quickly and precisely communicating the details that he wanted to hear from the the group, often using some great analogies to illustrate his ideas. Do yourself a favor and check out Jeff’s latest release “Bloom” on iTunes, it’s fun and funky as hell.
The black and white photos from the gig were taken by photographer William McFadden.