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Guitarist Jeff McLaughlin creates music filled with passion, depth, and a progressive spirit. His playing is both steeped in tradition and focused on new directions in creative music. He seeks to push the music forward while paying tribute the past.
He has appeared around the world including the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Banff Jazz Workshop, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Indianapolis Jazz Festival, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, and the Bloomington Jazz Festival. He performed with his trio at the 2010 Percussive Arts Society’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Jack DeJohnette.
Jeff has performed with artists such as Ari Hoenig, Drew Gress, Tom Kennedy, Rudy Royston, Steve Houghton, Pat Harbison, Rachel Caswell, Brent Wallarab, Rebecca Zapen, the David Baker Ensemble, Teddy Washington, Jeremy Allen, Rob Dixon, and Tom Walsh. He has studied with Barry Greene, Corey Christiansen, Michael Weiss, and Curtis Fuller.
Jeff also served as an Associate Instructor in the Jazz Studies Department at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where he directed the Jazz Ensemble IV, coached combos, presented lectures in jazz pedagogy and history, and taught applied jazz guitar lessons. He currently lives in New York City.