Jeff Denson

Jeff Denson was born December 20, 1976 in Arlington Virginia. He grew up in Washington, DC. In the third grade, he began to play alto saxophone. He switched to vocals and bass in high school. After studying at Virginia Commonwealth University and Northern Virginia Community College he continued his education before moving to Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Denson was a co-founder of the group Minsarah. He toured and recorded with the band for 15 years, and became the accompanist to Lee Konitz for more than 12 years. Denson also completed a master’s at Florida State University, and a DMA at University of California at San Diego. His first solo album, Secret World, was recorded in 2012. Denson moved to San Francisco Bay Area to become a professor at California Jazz Conservatory in 2011. He has been a prominent player on the international jazz scene since then and has received wide critical acclaim. DownBeat Magazine praised Denson’s “considerable talents as an improviser interpreter and sound trailblazer …”, earning him a spot in the DownBeat International Critics Poll. Germany’s Jazz Podium Magazine stated that Denson “is breaking new ground he is”) and has performed in more than 60 concerts each year. Ridgeway Arts is Denson’s non-profit organization that promotes the Bay Area music scene through educational programs, concert presentations, and recordings on Denson’s Ridgeway Records. from

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