A Most Lively Coffin
Students at Appalachian State’s Broyhill School of Music will
have the opportunity this weekend to learn from a musician’s musician.
Nashville saxophonist Jeff Coffin will be at ASU on Friday to work with student musicians in workshops and classes.
At 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, Coffin will join ASU professor and saxophonist Todd Wright and the Jazz Ensemble I group for a concert at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. The show is free and open to the public.
Coffin is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator. He is a three-time Grammy Award winner from his stint with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and for the past five years has performed with the Dave Matthews Band, following the tragic death of founding member LeRoi Moore.
When he is not on the road with the DMB, he can be found playing with his own group, Jeff Coffin and the Mu’tet, or sitting in with other acts on stage or in the recording studio.
The list of acts Coffin has performed with is staggering, a regular “who’s who” of musicians of the 21st century. The list includes Branford Marsalis, DJ Logic, New Orleans Social Club, Maceo Parker, McCoy Tyner, Phish, Galactic, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, Chris Thile, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Van Morrison, The Dixie Chicks, Brooks and Dunn, George Porter Jr., Umphrey’s McGee, Del McCoury, Yonder Mountain String Band, Martina McBride, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Wailers and many others.
Coffin is also a dedicated music educator and works around the country presenting music clinics.
“We’re really pleased to have Jeff come in and work with our students,” Todd Wright said at his weekly jazz brunch at Canyons in Blowing Rock. “I called him up and asked him if he would come, and he said yes. It’s always tough to schedule him because, contractually, he is part of the Dave Matthews Band, so if they schedule anything at the last minute, he would have to drop everything and join them.”
Wright added that the jazz students at ASU lost a couple of rehearsal days last week due to the snowstorm and are going to have to really work hard to learn Coffin’s complex jazz compositions.
During the first half of Saturday’s concert, the Jazz Ensemble will perform a program, including “Wind Machine” by Sammy Nestico, “Sister Sadie” by Horace Silver, “Alfie” by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, featuring trumpeter James Stokes, and “The Kid from Redbank” by Neal Hefti.
During the second half of the program, Coffin will perform his own compositions with the Jazz Ensemble, selecting from the following: “Espoo You,” “Fruitcake,” “Move Your Rug,” “Sweet Magnolias,” “Tall and Lanky” and “Wobble.”
For more information on Saturday’s show, call the Schaefer Center at (828) 262-4046.