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. Rupert’s latest release, Imagination, is a collaboration with pianist Richard Drexler, and debuted at #16 on the CMJ and RMR jazz charts. 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 Week. Do That Again! was #39 out of the top 100 jazz albums of 2014, and En Plein Air: The Jazz Professors play Monet charted on Jazz Week to #29. As a composer and arranger, Rupert has written for Bob Berg, James Moody, Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Drew jr, Kevin Mahogany and Judy Carmichael.