Professor of Music, Saxophone and Jazz Studies
Jeffrey Benedict has been a member of the Department of Music faculty since 1989. Dr. Benedict teaches saxophone and courses in jazz studies. He also is currently serving as the Undergraduate Student Advisor for the department.
Jeff Benedict has been playing professionally since 1972. He is highly regarded both as a jazz and classical saxophone performer and teacher. Benedict has performed and recorded with a who’s who of music luminaries, including: Phil Woods, Harold Danko, Marvin Stamm, Gary Burton, Dave Brubeck, Gene Ramey, Kelleye Grey, Susie Stern, Estrella Acosta, Donna Menthol, Bob Mintzer, Diane Schuur, Randy Brecker, Mike Nock, Bill Watrous, Nick Brignola, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jim Pugh, Bobby Shew, Eddie Daniels, Butch Miles, Vincent DiMartino, Eddie Harris, Jack Wilkins, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Allen Vizzutti, Claudio Roditi, Mark Whitfield, Slide Hampton, Nick Brignola, Carl Fontana, Lew Soloff, Ernie Watts, Bob Mintzer, Joe Williams, Jiggs Whigham and Curtis Fuller.
Dr. Benedict has recorded two jazz albums under his own name on the Resurgent Music label, Castle Creek Shuffle and Standard Fare, and was a sideman on a recent release by the critically-acclaimed Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra entitled The Hawk's Out. He is currently a regular member of the HMA Salsa-Jazz Orchestra. Jeff is an accomplished classical musician as well, having performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Chamber Symphony, the Denver Symphony, the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, the Quad City Symphony, and the Augustana Orchestra. He has premiered many new works for Saxophone, including Smoke and Mirrors for Solo Saxophone by John Kennedy, Peter Terry's Into Light for Soprano/Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra with computer-generated tape, and the Midwest premiere of David Amram's Ode to Lord Buckley. He is a founding member of the Orion Saxophone Quartet, Which has recently released a CD on the Centaur Records label.
Benedict has won four DeeBee awards from Downbeat Magazine for Best Instrumental Jazz Soloist, Best Original Composition and Best Classical Chamber Music Group.
Jeff Benedict holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. His other degrees are the Master of Arts and the Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver.