Biography written by: Neil Gold
*Note from the writer: I've known Jeff since we were about 13 years old and I have had the unique experience of watching a childhood friend go from this kid playing an acoustic guitar on his front porch to opening for Foghat. I've been to scores of Concerts, Events, Movie sets all backstage, VIP with Jeff and when I thought to sit down and write this for him, I thought to myself, wow, what a roller coaster ride it's been. I thought that he was good when we were young and he just kept getting better and it's been amazing to watch the transformation. So, when it comes to writing about this man I am a bit biased but I intend to be truthful because in the end that's all that I have to be even if some of my perspectives may sound obligatory in nature. Irregardless of my opinion, one can't help but to be able to recognize within a few notes of Jeff's playing that "there's something special there..." Enough said, here we go.
Jeff began playing guitar at the age of 9 on a Sears 3/4 scale acoustic guitar. Trying to mimic his Uncle Robert Earl Burton he practiced for hours on end day in and day out and is still in Love with the instrument now moreso than ever. As a teenager growing up in the 60's, Jeff's musical palette was drawn from a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic tapestry and after hearing Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Robbie Krieger and David Gilmore, Jeff knew that he would "sound like those guys one day." From about the age of 19 years old, Jeff would tell me that one day he would try to recreate in his own way, a "sound" or a series of recordings that would remind people of the mysticsim of The Doors, the soaring "Tone of God" guitar sounds of Pink Floyd...balanced and beautified with nuances of Vangelis laced in and around the music...all somehow married together in one. I can honestly say this, knowing Jeff the way I do and hearing what's in the works, I humbly submit to you that all the elements are there for him to do just that.