On April 21, Jeff Rupert conducted a jazz master class for the Evans High School Band, directed by Mario Ford. Jeff is a long-time HAPCO educator at our master classes, clinics and camps.
Rupert is a Trustee Chair, Pegasus Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at UCF. A Yamaha Recording Artist, he is a saxophonist, composer, record producer and recording artist.
He has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists including Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur, Benny Carter and Maynard Ferguson. He released The Ripple with legendary saxophonist George Garzone in 2019. He played on Benny Carter’s Harlem Renaissance which won a Grammy. He was recently featured on Jazz Samba Pra Sempre, celebrating the groundbreaking album Jazz Samba with Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz.
Since 2011 Rupert has led The Jazz Professors, with four JazzWeek charting albums. Blues and Cubes is their latest release on Flying Horse Records, and features compositions inspired by Pablo Picasso.
HAPCO master classes are funded by Florida Lottery and The Florida Smooth Jazz Foundation.
For details about Florida Lottery’s Bright Futures Scholarship Program, visit http://www.flalottery.com/brightfutures
For info on The Florida Smooth Jazz Foundation – the Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend is Nov 2-5 in Daytona Beach – visit https://www.floridasmoothjazz.com