In the current jazz environment, the art of jazz expression and the world of formal education are fully intertwined. Serious dedication to either path takes powerful commitment, but fully pursuing both demands a level of diligence and focus that is immensely challenging. Jeff Denson is a man who is meeting that challenge.
Fully immersed in both worlds since the late 1990s, the bassist/composer has balanced a full career as sideman and leader while taking a full course of studies leading to his doctorate. In addition to maintaining an intense performing and touring schedule in the U.S. and Europe while in school – including a long relationship with legendary saxophonist Lee Konitz that continues to this day – Jeff has also taught extensively all over both continents.
Today he is the Dean of Instruction and full professor at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California. While this intensive level of activity is easily a full-time job, Jeff takes a relentless 24/7 approach, composing for
and leading three distinct ensembles, participating in a few cooperative groups and working on his three-act Chamber Opera, WEBS.
Please join us on December 2, 2019 when the Jeff Denson Quartet makes its debut appearance
with the Sacramento Jazz Coop’s Jazz at Dante series.
“Double bassist Jeff Denson capitalizes on his considerable gifts as an improviser, interpreter and sonic trailblazer…”
— Ken Micaleff , Downbeat Magazine
“Master of the jazz bass.”
— Lee Hilldebrand, SF Chronicle