Jeff Hedberg, BluJazz recording artist, is a 26-year-old jazz singer, flugelhorn and trumpet player.
His musical training includes a Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Elmhurst College. During his time at both institutions Jeff had the opportunity to perform with both the EC Jazz Band and the NU Jazz Ensemble, both well-known big bands. During which he played both lead trumpet and jazz chair. Through his schooling, as well as his own pursuits, Jeff has studied/performed with Doug Beach, Mark Colby, Jackie Allen, Brenda Lualdi, Bob Rummage, Mark Streder, Libby York, Jeff Deustch, Phoebe Fuller, Rob Parton, Don Owens, Joel Spencer,Mike Kocour and Judy Roberts.
Jeff's playing and singing styles are most notably rooted in the styles of Chet Baker and Mel Torme. As Scott Gotschall, of writes in the liner notes of Jeff's debut recording, 'Certainly one can hear Mel Torme, Ella, and of course Chet Baker in his performance. But to only describe this artist as an updated or modern version of someone else would be to deprive him of the identity that comes from blending various styles into one cohesive voice.'
Recent reviews rave:
'Set the table with long white candle sticks. Dress the filet mignon with a cream sauce. Uncork the Merlot. Hit play on the stereo with Jeff Hedberg's new album and let a night of romance commence. The Summer Knows is the perfect album for such an occasion. In the tradition of Chet Baker, Hedberg sings through eleven standards some lesser known in a cool jazz style. While the album switches personnel and instrumentation frequently, it remains without drums lending to the light feel. Hedberg's sparse flugelhorn solos are the icing on the cake. They are subdued, while yet being fiery, melodic, and while harmonically adventuresome.' (Jazz Improv Magazine)
'Sometimes the resemblance to Chet Baker is uncanny.' Greg Pasenko, Blujazz Productions
'Ripe with youthful enthusiasm and a cool sexy attitude.' Chicago Jazz Magazine
'...impressive fluency.' Harvey Siders, JazzTimes
'Hedberg has a similar crystalline quality that (Chet) Baker had years ago.' Dick Crockett, 'The Voice' 88.7 FM Sacramento, CA
'Jeff is obviously one of those rarities who probably scatted before he walked... moving quickly from horn to vocals and then back again, Hedberg demonstrates that voice and instrument are indeed the extension of the other.' Cabaret Hotline