HAPCO Music Foundation

Jeff Rupert
Jeff Rupert
Director of Jazz Studies, University of Central Florida

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is a YAMAHA performing artist and founder of Flying Horse Records. He is Pegasus Professor, Trustee Endowed Chair and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida.

In 2020, The Ripple was released, with music exploring the wide range or ripple effect of Lester Young. Musicians on the album are Jeff Rupert, George Garzone, Marty Morell, Richard Drexler and Jeremy Allen. He has produced four big band albums for the Flying Horse Big Band, all featuring original compositions and arrangements.

He has performed at venues including the Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Tokyo Forum, the National Concert Hall of Taipei, Taiwan as well as jazz festivals in Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Performing and recording credits include associations with Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson and Benny Carter’s Grammy winning Harlem Renaissance.

He toured for 15 years with Sam Rivers; four albums ensued, and from 1997-2002 he toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson. His six recordings as a leader all charted on Jazz WeekDo That Again! was #39 out of the top 100 jazz albums of 2014and En Plein Air: The Jazz Professors play Monet charted on Jazz Week to #29. Rupert’s Imagination, a collaboration with pianist Richard Drexler, debuted at #16 on the CMJ and RMR jazz charts. As a composer and arranger, Rupert has written for Bob Berg, James Moody, Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Drew Jr., Kevin Mahogany and Judy Carmichael.


Tips for Successful Auditions and Jazz Essentials Lists

UCF Director of Jazz Studies Jeff Rupert shares practical advice for successful jazz band auditions for college and general music. Check it out for details on what to do before and at the audition. He also shares some of his favorite recordings to listen to and learn from.

All jazz lovers can pick out some new favorites from his lists of Essential Big Band Jazz Albums (1924-1980) and The Top 200 of 1925-1975: Essential Small Group Jazz Recordings.

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is a YAMAHA performing artist and founder of Flying Horse Records. He is Pegasus Professor, Trustee Endowed Chair and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida. He is a frequent HAPCO Clinician at jazz clinics and camps. He has performed at venues including the Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Tokyo Forum, the National Concert Hall of Taipei, Taiwan as well as jazz festivals in Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

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